STUDY­ING SCI­ENCE

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Ac­cord­ing to Mark Twain, “We do not deal much in facts when we are con­tem­plat­ing our­selves.” The world has changed; it is tough out there, of that there can be no doubt. This world we have con­spired to cre­ate is dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent from the one our par­ents and grand­par­ents knew. As we hur­tle head­long at break­neck speed to­ward the mil­len­nium, we are caught up in the fastest-paced, most rapidly chang­ing so­ci­ety in the his­tory of hu­mankind. Our world is like an un­guided mis­sile, with more speed than con­trol.

As we live in the ad­vanced technological advancement era, high school stu­dents nowa­days are dif­fer­ent in all as­pects of their cog­ni­tive, af­fec­tive and psy­chomo­tor skills. Be­cause of the advancement of tech­nol­ogy, stu­dents’life be­came more con­ve­nient for them; how­ever there are a lot of things which needs to pay at­ten­tion. Specif­i­cally, the kind of dis­ci­pline we ex­pect them to ex­press in the school. There are a lot of is­sues aris­ing stu­dents be­hav­iour in­side the class­room. The man­ner they ap­proach to their fel­low class­mates and teach­ers are some­times dis­ap­point­ing in na­ture.

It is said that “learn­ing is a two way process” there­fore, there should be an ef­fort not only on the part of the teacher but also with the stu­dents. Un­der­lin­ing this prin­ci­ple teach­ers in Sec­ondary schools are man­dated to give em­pha­sis not only in cur­ricu­lum but also at the ex­tent of de­vel­op­ing stu­dents’be­hav­iour.

As we em­bark the new cur­ricu­lum, in the spec­trum of stu­dent cen­tered ap­proach, high school teach­ers give value to their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and tal­ents to be show­cased, high­light­ing the essence of their in­di­vid­u­al­ity. The in­te­gra­tion of val­ues ed­u­ca­tion in all sub­jects is nec­es­sary to mould stu­dents’char­ac­ter. Dis­ci­pline is the high­light of true ed­u­ca­tion.

When the dis­ci­pline of the stu­dents takes charge in all as­pect of learn­ing, there will be high suc­cess rate to the ed­uca­tive in­sti­tu­tion. It re­flects that teach­ers are ef­fec­tive and com­pe­tent in sta­tus. Class­room man­age­ment is very sig­nif­i­cant and del­i­cate when teach­ing high school stu­dents. Their at­ti­tude or be­hav­iour is a re­flec­tion on the kind of in­struc­tion we are giv­ing to our learn­ers.

— oOo— The au­thor is SST II at Duquit High Schoo, Divi­sion of Ma­bal­a­cat City

There is some­thing in­her­ently sat­is­fy­ing, even plea­sure­able in learn­ing new facts , un­der­stand­ing new ideas, and us­ing new ex­pres­sions to com­mu­ni­cate this learn­ing. Even more so when you know that the new learn­ing is go­ing to be use­ful in your life.

Sci­ence is never static. It is al­ways dis­cov­er­ing, un­cov­er­ing, and putting to­gether new ideas, new ways of look­ing at the nat­u­ral and man-built en­vi­ron­ment and events therein.

Sci­ence is bring­ing to the fore the in­tri­cate in­ter­re­la­tion­ship be­tween the bio­phys­i­cal and the so­cio-cul­tural di­men­sions of our world, over en­vi­ron­ment. The ar­ti­fi­cial bar­ri­ers be­tween the pure and the ap­plied sciences are crum­bling down.

Sci­ence is rec­og­nize as im­por­tant tools in eco­nomic devel­op­ment and so­cio-cul­tural change, par­tic­u­larly in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries such as ours. It is used in our ev­ery­day life, in­dus­try and its rel­e­vance to food, health, agri­cul­ture and many oth­ers. It is also in­te­grates val­ues and at­ti­tudes to­ward en­vi­ron­ment and re­source con­ser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion.

Man has been able to make his life more pleas­ant and en­joy­able. He has been us­ing ma­chiner­ies in in­dus­try, ap­pli­ances in house­hold chores, reach the far­thest parts of the coun­try in an hour or so by plane, cap­tured wild an­i­mals and caged them in zoos. And to breed plants and an­i­mals for bet­ter yield. So many changes were brought by sci­ence, and all th­ese things will af­fect the way of life. Changed the kinds of clothes peo­ple wear, ways of get­ting food, type of dwelling they live in, and even the way they com­mu­ni­cate, its be­cause of the mod­ern tech­nol­ogy we ex­pe­ri­ence to­day.

Life has changed in so many ways and the way of life made easy and all of th­ese, it’s be­cause of sci­ence. — oOo— The au­thor is Teacher III at Justino Sevilla High School, Arayat, Pam­panga

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