TEACHING CHILDREN THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION
EMILY L. NICDAO
It has always been very good to let children the value of education and importance of going to school at the earliest stage possible, particularly in the elementary level where their formation and foundation are molded.
Children at their earliest ages should learn and realize the importance of education in their lives. As teachers, our best tool is attitude. Having a positive attitude about reading and a curiosity about learning new things instills similar beliefs in students. Show them that education is the ticket to fulfilling their dreams and having a productive life.
Teach the value of education early in a child’s life. Children are naturally curious and observant. Tell them to read books and that they need to learn to read to be able to also share such enjoyment. Read to them often help them develop their language skills.
Impress on children the importance of school. This means getting them to school on time and modeling the importance of punctuality. Take an interest in all their homework and make sure the required assignments are completed before the due dat es.
Take children to educational yet fun parks. Instead of taking them to the malls, take them to a museum, science center or zoo. Explain to them that continuing their education will allow them to understand more about the world around them. This strategy will certainly make them more motivated to learn and study.
Introduce the computer to children. Computers never fail to amaze people, especially young children. Let them play grade-level software games that will provide fun and entertainment. Emphasize to children that learning about computer use, videos and education go hand in hand.
Teach the importance of education daily. You could incorporate mathematics into daily tasks and situations. Their love for learning could start if you rely on them to do specific tasks. Incorporate counting, reading and writing within those simple tasks. For example, you could take them to the market and have them pick out a certain number items (like five apples or four oranges).
If you want them to love education, make sure to place them in an environment that fosters comfort, fun and learning at the same time. This way, a child will notice and grow to respect the time you put into his or her education.
— oOo— The author is Teacher III at LOLU Elementary School
EDGAR L. MANABAT
As per Division Memorandum No.194, s. 2017, released by the Division of Angeles City on June 13, 2017, entitled “Public Manifestation of DepEd’s Declaration of Schools as Zones of Peace, as a Reiteration of Department Order No. 44, s.2005, all schools in Angeles City are instructed to post tarpaulin, declaring schools as Zones of Peace to make the message permanent and noticeable.
But, what is the true meaning of the word Peace? As defined in the Merriam Webster, Peace is a state of tranquility or quiet: such as a freedom from civil disturbance. We say that a person is at peace, when his mind is cool, calm and at ease. We say that a nation, a community or a school is at peace, when it is free from war, from chaos, quarrels and disagreements.
Nowadays, the culture of violence which pervades our society, glorifying war rather than educating for peace, nonviolence, and cooperation; the wide spread of terrorism, which is producing continued, unrelenting attacks on civilian and military targets; the widening of the gap between rich and poor which is caused by economic globalization and marginalization; the ethnic, religious and racial intolerances which become the principal sources of modern armed conflict; the lack of protection and respect for children and youth, which continues to be exploited and victimized, particularly in violent conflict situations where harming children have become not only a consequence, but frequently a strategy of war; the lack of democracy and just governance at all levels of society which is causing conflicts and replacing the rule of law with the rule of force; the presence of food crises in some places which causes reduction of food production, hunger and starvation; and the proliferation of drug Addiction which causes commitment of Crimes such as : theft or damage of property, Rapes, Killings/ Murders etc. are rampantly being observed in the community or society. These situations cause agony, worry, unrest, distress, restlessness, Fearand disquietofthepeopleinthecommunitywheretheschoolsaresituated. Few viewpoints have been so often, so freely raised as that one of peace. But peace is among the most overused and often abused clips of man’s desires.
The idea of peace is as ancient as development, but the prerequisites of peace transform with the transforming world. Today, people need a new meaning of peace, one by which they can distinguish not only the many pressures to peace but also the many aspects of true and genuine peace.
Peace is a common word. It is much more than the nonexistence of conflict. But, the word peace means many different ideas from a nonphysical viewpoint.
According to Spinoza, “Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition of benevolence, trust and justice”.
Peace is a virtue, means a good trait or kind, courteous, modest disposition of character that leads to good behavior towards other people.
Peace is a state of mind connotes a mental state of well-being, tranquility or quiet which creates happiness and a feeling of inner peace. Essentially, It is a stress-free state of security and calmness that comes when everything is coexisting in perfect harmony and freedom. Peace is a disposition of benevolence, trust and justice, expounds that: It is the capacity for someone to understand the feelings of other people. Peace directs our heart to feel what other people are feeling. Love will not be felt with a closed heart. Loving our fellow men is peace itself;
It is compassionate. It gives us the opportunity to know what other people have been through. We sympathize and empathize because we know their trials and tribulations in life;
It makes us define the meaning of sensitivity, which is gentle, kind, caring, and love. And love is the quintessential aspect of peace. Without sensitivity, there will be no gentleness, kindness, caring and love. Without no gentleness, kindness, caring and love, there will be no peace at all;
It conveys respect. Respect begets respect. would be peaceful;
It brings about goodwill which is a friendly disposition with benevolence and kindness. Thus, we start thinking about others more than we about ourselves;
In today’s fast changing world where Global economic balances are shifting fast in all domains of manufacturing, trading, and finance, we need Peace that is an innovative force, an active process that comprises both fulfillment of man’s basic needs and gratification of spiritual goals.
True peace goes hand in hand with justice. The God-given peace that our creator wants for us, is founded on justice, where everything and everyone He created is in right relationship with each other and can attain their God-given potential.
Genuine peace needs to be laboring at, like a lifelong relationship. It means appreciating and accepting all people as our own brothers and sisters and respecting other people’s progress, as well as our own. And it means shaping a future for the next generations so they can realize life in all its fullness and peace in its totality.
This is all THE TRUE MEANING OF PEACE for what every SCHOOL desires for the future leaders of our nation. If everyone respects each other, the world — oOo— The author is Education Program Supervisor