LEARNING WHILE EARNING
Poverty is considered as the biggest hindrance in the education of the students who are enrolled in the entire archipelago. Even though the enrolment in public schools is free, students still need to spend some amount in completing their basic education. It is because government cannot provide everything that the students need.
It is a common notion that money matters in economics. This concept is also applicable in the education system. Money matters in education. There are things that the students need to buy in order to conduct performance tasks. This is applicable in the subjects TLE.
As the TLE offers exploratory courses and specialization such as commercial cooking and other, it denotes that materials to perform tasks and to measure competencies should be available in order for the students to do such tasks. This is where the teachers should find way in to provide the needs of the students.
“Learning while Earning” is a simple phrase but implies a big impact. The subject TLE focuses on vocational course or entrepreneur skills. This opportunity should be seized in order for the students to learn while they earn. The learning being provided in TLE can be used for business or source of income for each family of the learners enrolled in their respective schools. Students who are taking up lessons regarding on how to clean finger nails may use this opportunity to apply their learning in to their community. Students may earn certain amount which can be added to the income of the family for their needs.
As the Department of Education is striving to have a strong partnership with TESDA and other private institutions regarding providing source of income for the students and their family, teachers have also their part to seize this opportunity and make the students realize that poverty is not hindrance anymore in completing their basic education. Today, assistance, and opportunities are open for the students to overcome the so called biggest hindrance – poverty. Make them realize that LEARNING WHILE EARNING is possible.
— oOo— The author is Teacher III at Mexico National High School
In the field of education, character formation is always defined as the harmonious development of all dimensions of the human person. It is one of the vital pillars of the education system as it aims to create better individuals into students’inner beings.
School is not just about learning concepts; it is also a place where a foundation can be built for becoming upright individuals. As what educational philosophers would always suggest, learners are ‘embodied spirits’. Then, it is always an aim to not only develop the skills and competencies or even widen the horizon of knowledge of students but also touch their hearts by developing their character as an ‘embodied spirit’. Developing learners’character in the schools would always start inside their classrooms. Teachers then know their learners in a more personal way. In such a way, teachers would have the ease to at least develop positive character to learners.
Every school should set a tone of respect, honesty and genuine kindness for all students. Whether they like it or not, teachers are role models for students and can provide examples of good character every day in the classroom.
It goes even beyond the integration of values in the different learning areas. Though there is a separate subject of Edukasyon Sa Pagpapakatao (ESP) that provides value-laden instructions in propagating good manners and right conduct to public secondary schools, teachers in other learning areas are as well be agents of character formation by providing opportunities to imbue positive traits and attitude.
When we think about the kind of character we want for our children, it’s clear that we want them to be able to judge what is right, care deeply about what is right, and then do what they believe to be right— even in the face of pressure from without and temptation from within.”
However, character building can also be done proactively through planned actions and activities within the classroom. These classroom activities will encourage students to develop and adopt quality ethical principles and behaviors that can last far beyond the classroom. In such manner, teachers who act character formators in the schools pave the way for the learners to find their own identity and aid them of what they need and eventually possess to be able to cope with all the demands of the world.
As one of the Prefects of Discipline in our school, my ardent desire is to provide positive discipline to students who may deal with some issues about their character and attitude. This may shape a good label of character excellence with the students. We can all be catalysts of character formation in the schools by merely setting ourselves as role models of goodwill and integral excellence.
As what Dr. Marvin Berkowitz, ““Effective character education is not adding a program or set of programs to a school. Rather it is a transformation of the culture and life of the school.”
— oOo— The author is Teacher II at Betis High School