Teacher Shares Friendly Reminder While Flexing His Medals “huwag pabayaan ang sarili”

Teacher Flexes Numerous Medals He Earned During School Days “a piece of metal”

A male teacher shared a friendly reminder to students as he flexes the medals he earned during his school days.

Recently, Tyrone Gabrielle Gonzales Arenas, a Facebook user, shared some wisdom on social media that reminds us all about what truly matters in education. The post elicited comments from the online community.

In a heartfelt post, he shared his own experience of being ‘grade-conscious’ and explained that there are plenty of things far more important than awards and medals. He expressed pride in his achievements.


According to Arenas, once a medal is awarded, it becomes just a piece of metal, stored in a box in a tiny corner of your room. His words encourage the students and parents to look beyond the tangible rewards and focus on the deeper aspects of our learning journey.

Tyrone shared his journey of unlearning the habit of being grade-conscious, especially during his high school years. He acknowledged that hyperfixation on numbers can take away the joy of learning and cause us to miss out on valuable experiences.

The male educator’s realization led him to shift his perspective and embrace the true essence of education.


Arenas encouraged students not to sacrifice their well-being for the sake of grades and urged parents to understand the difference between motivation and pressure. He encourages a balance between academic success and enjoying the learning process.

“For students, huwag pabayaan ang sarili para lang sa grado. And for parents, iba ang motivation sa pressure. Knowing the difference will help our children a lot,” he said.

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Here is the full post:

“Found these while decluttering

I’m honestly proud of these achievements. Pero when it all comes down to it, after a medal has been awarded, that’s all it’s going to be—a piece of metal, probably stored in a box in a tiny corner of your room. You can’t even trade it for a couple of bucks.

Plenty of things are far more important than awards and medals—like being a good person, making meaningful relationships with other people, having fun with learning, building skill, and having faith.

To parents and kids, I say this as a student who has now become a teacher— grades and achievements do matter, but they are not the be-all and end-all of learning.

Be good people. that’s what matter most.”

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