INTELLIGENCE AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

By Gladys Chau Bernardini de Zapata

During my own education, I was taught by different kind of persons in my early years. My parents were the first, then priests and nuns in a catholic school. They were very strict and traditional; they taught me many subjects and English language as well, but the only good thing I can remember is that they taught me to sew. Even though I never became a professional in this matter, is a thing that I always like it best of all. Unfortunalely I never practiced it as I would like to. Since my family was not wealthy, I needed to start working very young and I worked in a bank for a long time, so I went back to university when I was in my last thirties and having already a family. But I did finish because I really wanted to have a profession. I studied to be a teacher and struggled too much the very first years. My rocky year in every school I started working was painful: poor school management, lack of strategies to get kids involved in learning and things like that. Many times I thought I need to quit thinking I have chosen not the right profession. But, then I changed my mind thinking that I need to keep it up because I invest a lot of time and also money! So, here I am after 15 years still learning and learning. I did a big progress this year since I was called to be the principal of a school of 3–5 years old kids. I think this answer the second question because this affected my educational opportunity but for good. I have never been in so many conferences, diplomats’, and studies in only one year. I never consider myself as outstanding but average intelligent person so far. But my position asked me to think “more intelligent” and people may consider me that way because of the charge. However, I consider myself as a learner all the time. I do not have all the answers to solve the hundreds of problems about children`s brain developng, thinking skills, child problems behavior, problematic parents or disfunctional homes or trouble makers. I assume my experience can help me and the parents assume the same, I think. But the reality is that every day, I and my colleagues need to listen, observe, investigate, and try new ways to make learning worthwhile. Our responsibility is very big but our needs make us be creative and intelligent in some way.