PLACING THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE JOB
AURELIA M. RIVERA
This quotation expressed by Margaret Fuller reminds me of the very important role of teachers in developing future heads, managers and leaders of our country. Teachers should teach first the very basic in education which is reading, it is a tool subject that starts in grade one thus the best teachers should be placed in this level.
This writer believes that reading is the most important subject in the school curriculum. It is so important that no other subject in the curriculum could be learned by pupils, if their Grade One teachers have not taught the subject very effectively, especially the comprehension phase of it. Therefore, it is very important for principals to assign Grade One teachers who are effective in teaching the subject. The success or failure of pupils in their future studies will depend very much on their mastery in reading.
In the case of learning the subject Communication Arts, how can pupils learn to follow directions if the reading they learned is without comprehension? How can they learn grammar, if they could not comprehend what they are reading in any other activity within the Communication Arts skills?
In the same way, pupils could not learn the fundamental processes of Mathematics if they happen to be deficient in reading skills. Pupils will have a problem in solving mathematical problems included in learning the subject. So, one could see the importance of learning reading, per se, but more importantly, reading with comprehension.
Reading also plays an important role in learning the other subjects like Social Studies, Sciences, Music, Physical Education and other subjects. Pupils will not be successful in learning concepts; lack of comprehension in reading will only tire pupils to acquire ideas without understanding each.
In conclusion, I may say that time and money is wasted, because we produce less productive people who are the hope of tomorrow. So it is a must for principals to assign best reading teachers in Grade One.
— oOo— The author is HT-I at Cacutud Elementary School