STU­DENT’S DIS­CI­PLINE DE­CLINES

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HENRY D. MANALOTO

Dis­ci­pline, a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, a sys­tem of rules gov­ern­ing con­duct. It may be the ut­most rea­son to have a peace­ful kind of life. There will be no chaos, no trou­ble, no con­flicts, no cor­rup­tion, no vices and the like, if DIS­CI­PLINE will be prac­ticed.

Be­ing a teacher for more than two decades, it was ob­served that the stu­dent’s dis­ci­pline de­clines. There are many rea­sons to con­sider be­hind this alarm­ing ob­ser­va­tions. Mod­ern tech­nol­ogy seems to con­trib­ute in this prob­lem. Tech­nol­ogy has taken our lives to ex­tent of los­ing the norms of good man­ners and right con­duct.

Fam­ily ori­en­ta­tion may be the best way in win­ning the heart of child which later de­vel­ops his or her at­ti­tude of be­ing fine in and out of the fam­ily premises.

As par­ents, it is a MUST to have qual­ity time to our chil­dren. Fam­ily bond­ing must not only be dur­ing Sun­days and Hol­i­days. It is im­por­tant to set our fam­ily as our pri­or­ity. Re­ports noted that chil­dren liv­ing with rel­a­tives and not with par­ents tend to be undis­ci­plined. Cases of trou­ble­some youth or even early mar­riage came from fam­i­lies whose par­ents work abroad or they do not have hard on par­ents be­cause of work.

An­other fac­tor to con­sider is the early ex­po­sure of the young minds to dif­fer­ent vices sur­round­ing them. These youth are eas­ily trap to temp­ta­tions be­cause of the weak foun­da­tions of well be­haved in­di­vid­ual.

It may sound in­sult­ing on the part of par­ents. We can­not es­cape from re­al­ity that chil­dren’s dis­ci­pline decline. It is said to be alarm­ing and sad­den­ing to know. Par­ents, teach­ers and the so­ci­ety must do some­thing about this ef­fect. Qual­ity time of par­ents will help a lot. Love and care from the school par­tic­u­larly from the sec­ond par­ents, the teach­ers will de­velop the child’s es­teem and con­fi­dence which will boast their dis­ci­pline. The so­ci­ety, stake­hold­ers have to think of ways to link the chil­dren/ youth to worth­while ac­tiv­i­ties which can de­vi­ate them from bad in­flu­ences.

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The author is Teacher III at Don Je­sus Gon­za­les High School Pan­da­caqui, Mex­ico, Pam panga

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