The Sob of a Second Mother
WHILE the Child Protection Law is being strengthened, the teacher’s rights are being neglected. For every minute and hour that the teachers and pupils are together, many instances happen that are beyond the teachers’ control.
Teachers are blamed for pupil’s having failing grades, cutting classes and eventually dropping from school, when scolded for not listening and joining activities in the classroom and in school. Even when these learners are bullied by their classmates and when they incur unintended accidents while in school, since it is the teachers responsibility to watch over their pupils while in school.
What if the teacher was the one to be bullied by the learners through their rudeness and roughness in answering back to their teachers? Does anyone care? Some may just say that it is just child’s simple reaction. Others would say that it is the teachers fault for not disciplining the child.
Teaching is an easy job, they say. Teachers just stay inside the classroom, holds a piece of chalk and is not being burnt from the sun. But is this really all? They know nothing about the classroom situation, the teaching and learning situations. Is it really the teachers’ fault? Is she really be the one to be blamed?
Teachers exert a lot of effort to make teaching learning effective, make and prepare DLL’s, appropriate instructional materials, paper works and records. They go home late and wakeup early in the morning. Improve teaching abilities by attending seminars and LAC Sessions even during Saturdays and sometimes Sundays and coaching and training pupils in preparation for educational competitions.
Truly, teachers are the second parents, but we should not forget, “Education begins at home”. The home plays a vital role in the development of the child in the different aspects; spiritual, physical, emotional, social and mental. The teacher’s role is to harness and remind them of the proper attitudes and conducts. But it should be properly and carefully observed at home, school and community.
It is indispensable that both parents and teachers work hand and hand in nurturing these children. Help them achieve their dreams by serving as a model to them. It is a must that we show respect to each other for them to show respect on us too. Carol C. Elis