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The au­thor is Mas­ter Teacher


For the past few days, my Face­book news­feed has been filled with posts by co-teach­ers who shared an ar­ti­cle about the re­vival of the sub­ject “Good Man­ners and Right Con­duct”.

A part of the old cur­ricu­lum of the ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, it was scrapped as a reg­u­lar sub­ject and in­te­grated in So­cial Stud­ies and other re­lated sub­jects.

Now, a con­gress­man had filed a bill for the re­vival of the GMRC, ti­tled House Bill No. 6705, “An Act To Re­vive Good Man­ners And Right Con­duct (GMRC) As A Sep­a­rate Sub­ject In The Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion Cur­ricu­lum”.

This bill seeks to re­vive GMRC and to in­clude it as one of the sep­a­rate sub­jects in the re­vived K to 12 pro­gram in ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion.

The bill states that “it is the pol­icy of the Stale to rec­og­nize the vi­tal role of the youth in na­tion-build­ing and to pro­mote and pro­tect their phys­i­cal, moral, spir­i­tual, in­tel­lec­tual, and so­cial well-be­ing It shall in­cul­cate in the youth pa­tri­o­tism and na­tion­al­ism, and en­cour­age their in­volve­ment in pub­lic and civic af­fairs.”

It also states that the “DepEd is tasked to in­clude as a sep­a­rate sub­ject in the cur­ricu­lum of the pre­sent K to 12 pro­gram in ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion Good Man­ners and Right Con­duct (GMRC) which shall in­cul­cate among our stu­dents the ba­sic tenets of the pro­mo­tion and ob­ser­vance of re­spect for one­self oth­ers, and our el­ders, as well as the teach­ing of the val­ues of pa­tience, per­se­ver­ance, in­dus­try, hon­esty and good faith in deal­ing with other hu­man be­ings.”

There is in­deed a ne­ces­sity to re­vive the sub­ject, as it has been ob­served that the youth of to­day has seem­ingly lost the im­por­tant val­ues, par­tic­u­larly re­spect for one’s self and ot her s.

This be­hav­ior can be owed to mod­ern­iza­tion, or the ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy. Con­fu­sion sets in as a va­ri­ety of in­flu­ences make the youth vul­ner­a­ble to the ef­fects of pop cul­ture.

This is the right time to re-in­tro­duce GMRC into the cur­ricu­lum to bet­ter guide our youth in this day and age of mod­ern­iza­tion.

— oOo—

II at Mabayuan El­e­men­tary School, Olon­gapo City

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