The Sob of a Sec­ond Mother

Sun.Star Baguio - - Speak Out -

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

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