THE TEACHER’S ROLE IN LOVE, COURTSHIP AND MAR­RIAGE

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

MAR­I­LYN R. MALL

The teacher must ed­u­cate their stu­dents about love, courtship and mar­riage. Teen – age preg­nan­cies about these days. These youngters are a sorry lot be­cause they can no longer con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tions. Their fam­i­lies would sup­port them and their off­springs be­cause they both don’t have jobs. The young gen­er­a­tions don’t know how to con­duct them­selves in their re­la­tion­ships. A one night stand can lead to one an­other, and then again, to an­other un­til the girl finds her­self preg­nant. Some are just plain lucky be­cause they be­long to af­flu­ent fam­i­lies, but many are wal­low­ing in ob­ject poverty. Their fam­i­lies can’t af­ford to have an­other mouth to feed. What would the boy do to sup­port his young fam­ily but to en­gage in ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties like selling il­le­gal drugs or bike­nap­ping per­haps. It would be dog eats dog out there for this young cou­ple. What is worst, it might end in death, and the young wife hav­ing to feed for her­self and her baby. No hope is in sight for them.

So, the role of the teacher in love, courtship and mar­riage is very much im­por­tant. She tells them about the spec­tre of teen-age preg­nancy and the neg­a­tive cir­cum­stances that come with it. She dis­cour­ages the young­sters in en­gag­ing in pre-mar­i­tal sex. She is duty bound in lead­ing the mil­len­ni­als to the paths of right­eous­ness. Any­one who lis­tens to her ad­vice can never go wrong.

— oOo— The author is Teacher III at Sin­dalan Ele­men­tary School

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