TEACH­ING CHIL­DREN THE VALUE OF HERO­ISM

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The au­thor is Teacher

MARIA JANET S. EBORDA

Ev­ery now and then, we re­mem­ber the Filipino he­roes that shaped our na­tion, just like dur­ing the re­cent ob­ser­vance of Na­tional He­roes Day. We re­mem­ber them, as what his­to­ri­ans tell us, of their brav­ery that birthed our na­tion from the op­pres­sive rule of our then colo­nial foes in the past.

In today’s ed­u­ca­tion set­ting, it is im­per­a­tive that we teach young stu­dents about our he­roes, and more im­por­tantly, stress the im­por­tance of the value of hero­ism, one which can­not be found in school text­books.

It is good that ev­ery year we com­mem­o­rate He­roes Day. As there re­main a big num­ber of un­doc­u­mented, “un­sung” he­roes in the past that con­trib­uted to the lib­er­a­tion of our coun­try as much as those we al­ready knew in the school text­books. These he­roes ob­vi­ously did not come from Lu­zon, but in their re­gional home­lands.

It is im­por­tant that we re­mem­ber hero­ism from time to time. Although the terms and essence are as­so­ci­ated with fight­ing for a coun­try’s lib­erty and en­gag­ing in bat­tles, it also en­com­passes the self­less as­pect of our hu­man­ity, some­thing that peo­ple nowa­days have blurred the lines of true ser­vice to the peo­ple.

It must be dis­tin­guished whether an act is gen­uinely done without some­thing in re­turn, a sac­ri­fice per­haps that de­fines hero­ism in an in­di­vid­ual, mar­tyr or not.

Teach­ers must make chil­dren re­mem­ber that hero­ism is not just for the un­doc­u­mented and un­sung true he­roes of the past and in this mod­ern time, who may not have born with priv­i­lege and power and wealth, but for ev­ery­one who makes self­less acts for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers. That in it­self, is a real time def­i­ni­tion of hero­ism young stu­dents should learn. — oOo— I at St. Vin­cent of Que­bi­awan In­te­grated School

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