Mr. Ford: “Give a Man a Fish and He Eats for a Day. Teach Him How to Fish and He Eats For a Lifetime.”

Mr. Ford:  “Give a Man a Fish and He Eats for a Day. Teach Him How to Fish and He Eats For a Lifetime.”

For Mr Rahmon Ford, the latest addition to the BYMS staff, English is the key to, “have command.” He believes that in order to be taken seriously in America, you have to have command in the English language. Since Mr Ford promotes formal English, he compares his teaching with the famous quote, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime,” said Lao Tzu. 


Mr. Ford has been teaching for 12 years in all, and recently started teaching here at BYMS in April. At Cal State Dominguez, he majored in drum. Not only does he have a master’s degree in drum, but also has one from UCLA in curriculum and instruction.


As a kid, Mr. Ford always had a passion for English and journalism. He checked out books above his grade level, and he was also an excellent writer. According to Ford, “When I was in seventh grade, I got a library card and checked out the novel ‘The Godfather,’ which was a very extensive book to read at my grade level; it was very natural to me.” 


Outside of school he doesn’t do much, but that’s what he enjoys. He watches a lot of TV and binge watches Netflix regularly. Additionally, video games are one of his hobbies. Every summer, Mr. Ford goes on a cruise to travel.


As for middle school students, Mr. Ford believes that maturity, such as taking responsibility for your actions, is an important part of life. He quotes, “At a certain age, probably fourteen, you need to stop blaming people for things that happened to you.” He also thinks that, “holding yourself accountable and making the best choices you can make,” is necessary for middle school students. He adds that who you choose to be your middle school friends has an affect on your middle school life, too. The friends you choose aren’t always the true ones, which is why you should always choose them wisely and with thought. “You only have one life to live, and you do not want to live it miserably,” Ford states.


Mr. Ford wants all of his students to have an education in English and literature, he also has the following advice for success: “Look in the mirror. If anything bad has happened to you, don’t point the finger at anyone; you had something to do with it. Don’t get mad at someone because they only did what you told them to do.”