In the chaos of life with food, clothes, money and a series of stories about moral degradation, the story about a teacher, writer Nguyen Ngoc Ky is a bright picture of the nonstop efforts to outrun fate. He is a true example, which is simple but very touching.
Hundreds of readers wrote to VietNamNet to share their feelings and memories around VietNamNet’s series about teacher Nguyen Ngoc Ky.
Many people cried when they read the stories and called him an “idol” or a “hero” of the real life.
A reader from quangtam@ … wrote that he was born in the early 70s. For many years he only knew about Nguyen Ngoc Ky through little lessons in the school. Now he “met” Ky again in the articles posted on VietNamNet. He was very touched by the stories and he extremely admired teacher Ky.
“Teacher Nguyen Ngoc Ky is a great and shining example,” the reader wrote.
Readers Nguyen Hoang Oanh said she cried when she read the articles about Mr. Ky: “The story about teacher Ky has proven to me that with extraordinary willpower and determination, we can overcome all.”
Many years ago, during his visit to Ky’s hometown in Hai Hau district, Nam Dinh province, late Prime Minister Pham Van Dong said: “Nguyen Ngoc Ky is the representative of the extraordinary and magical effort and struggling, a good example for young people today, especially those with disabilities to follow.”
Actually, Nguyen Ngoc Ky is no longer a strange name for dozens of generations of students in the past, through lessons in the textbook. However, not everyone knows how and why he did not use chalk or blackboard, but he still became a teacher of excellence for over 35 years.
According to Ky’s students, he applied a teaching method that is totally different from others but it is extremely effective.
Because his hands are useless, teacher Ky designed lesson content on sheets of cardboard, covered with a white sheet of paper. While teaching, he used legs to pull down the outer white paper, for the letters slowly appear.
To make his lessons more lively, he often released unique puzzles in poetry to make students excited.
Looking at teacher Ky’s life, reader Thuy Duong uttered: “The energy of teacher Ky was terrific! His whole life was a tireless striving. Looking at myself, I’m really weak. I’m normal but my soul is not full. I lack the will and determination before difficulty. Thank you – Nguyen Ngoc Ky.”
Readers Mainguyenha @ … told her story of 19 years ago. She said at that time she was a high school student in Giao Thuy district, Nam Dinh province. She was lucky to see teacher Ky when he was invited to talk at her school. She also saw teacher Ky use two feet to write, draw, sew … Since then, teacher Ky has still been an example and an idol in her heart.
Another special story was told by reader Fidel: “Over ten years ago, when I was a secondary school student, my teacher asked us to write an essay describing an example of overcoming difficulties. My father told me about teacher Ky and I wrote about him with all of admiration of a junior high school student.”
“But it is sad that my essay was scored a three mark, with the comment that this example is bogus!!! That day, I was very sad because even a teacher did not know who he is.”
Reader Cao Thanh My wrote that teacher Nguyen Ngoc Ky is his idol.
He wrote that he was born after the country’s reunification in 1975. When he was a general student, he was told by his teachers and learn in textbooks about Nguyen Ngoc Ky.
“We idolized teacher Ky and saw him as a role model in study. His name was written on a big blackboard near the flagpole in my school for students to take him as an example”, he recalled.
It would be said that Nguyen Ngoc Ky’s life is a long saga of courage to win the fate of a talented man that if he is described in brief, everyone would have been uttered the words “extraordinary.”
In addition to the story of will and efforts, we also see from this man a simple beauty with exquisite views of life and human spirit.
That special man also has very special loves that many people compare to the love story of Kim Trong–with sisters Thuy Kieu and Thuy Van, in great poet Nguyen Du’s–The Tales of Kieu.
Talking about the marvelous love of teacher Ky, reader Binh Minh did not hide his admiration: “It’s great! The love story of teacher Ky has woven a beautiful fairytale in this world. I wish teacher Ky and his wife to be always happy!”
According to many readers, it is regrettable that that beautiful, noble and respectable example is not described in the textbooks and children’s books.
“I still remember the time when I was a primary pupil, Nguyen Ngoc Ky was always been an example to people to rise up from beyond the fate to make life more beautiful. Many generations saw Nguyen Ngoc Ky as their “hero,” besides a series of teenage heroes like Phan Dinh Giot, To Vinh Dien, Nguyen Ba Ngoc…,” reader Nguyen Van Son shared.
Although the example of teacher Nguyen Ngoc Ky is no longer included in the textbook, reader Le Quang Anh confirmed: “In the next few years when my son knows how to read, I’ll give him the autobiography of teacher Ky, with desire that my son will have energy and always overcome all difficulties in life.”