INSTILLING GOOD, POSITIVE VALUES IN STUDENTS
JENNIFER A. GUINTU
The Department of Education (DepEd) believes in instilling good and positive values in students – and it wants the parents’help in doing this.
According to the DepEd, there should be a happy and healthy learning environment andthisdoesnothappenovernight.Thisrequiresthehelpof the parents, as instilling values is an act that starts at home.
A child’s early education starts at home, and this call by the Department is addressed to parents for them to teach their children good manners and how to show respect to others.
Admittedly, children nowadays don’t have that much respect on authorities, in spite of pieces of advice given to them by peers and even teachers themselves.
Students should be taught the importance of respect, especially the use of words “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome”, and “I’m sorry”, among other s.
They should also be taught proper greetings like “hello”, “how are you?”, and “good morning/ afternoon/ evening.” These should all be learned at home.
Remember, it is also at home where students learn the value of honesty. This is where they are introduced to the concept of diligence and respect to elders. Home is where they are taught to be punctual, how to express sympathy and empathy, how to get well with others in any environment.
The schools, according to the DepEd, will reinforce whatever values are taught and whatever education they get at home from their parents.
Parents, for their part, should not take offense and instead heed to the call and support the schools do their share.
This would ensure that their children – the students – will not go astray.
The author is Master Teacher I at Tinajero Elementary School, Madapdap, Mabalacat City