My dear Kacvey,

How would you and other faculty members feel if a new lecturer is appointed to teach a newly created course in political sciences called “How not to change – 101”? Worst, how would all of you feel if the newly created course is also arrogantly initiated and imposed by the new lecturer himself?

Apparently on 11 August, it was reported in the local press that the new would-be lecturer artlessly disclosed that he would and could like to be a teacher in world politics and would also like to see his intended corps of students be prominent personalities such as ambassadors, presidents and prime ministers of countries where democracy, justice, and rule of laws are not just vain words.

If he feels like being an able teacher, why not! His résumé, so far, would seem quite impressive as boasted by himself: ex-guerrilla, ex-KR, over-30-years as a leader of an autocracy, no academic background but graduated doctor honoris causa, polyglot including the Vietnamese language, èk-odom, leader of the ruling party, deputy, 5-star general, minister, samdach and prime minister. The only missing title or qualification would be “préah” or head of state. Kacvey, with such an incomparable résumé, any head hunter would have no difficulty in attracting the attention of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government or the Fontainebleau INSEAD! … if he does not use the minority leader as a reference!

It was also reported that the new would-be lecturer is tired of hearing foreign countries and democracies telling him that Cambodia should go through some changes as time and people change all the times. Well, in reverse psychology, the new position as lecturer that he granted himself could well be construed as the expression of his secret desire and of his tiredness from politics, and he veered himself towards a second career as a teacher! What a noble decision! He will touch the future! Welcome to the world of education!

So doing, he would greatly honor the spirit of Maimonides whose famous saying is still valid from the 12th century in Spain to today: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Kacvey, during the next meeting of faculty members, please make sure that (1) an honorable seat would be reserved for him, a-savvy-politician-turned-instructor! and (2) he also is responsible for an additional course to be titled “How not to uproot corruption -101”

Regardless of how much he would like to teach, do not forget these words from Horace Mann: “A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.”