Manners first before knowledge
Different strategies, techniques and methodologies in teaching are taught and practiced by a teacher. Many instructional materials are made and provided by supervisors and teachers. A variety of teaching guides and curriculum guides are given in every learning area. Numerous seminars are attended just to enhance the skills and knowledge of teachers.
But how come only few of our pupils excel on their studies? The problem is discipline. Pupils nowadays lack discipline. Without discipline, everything will be insignificant, even if the teachers apply what they have learned to become efficient and effective teachers.
In Japan, during their early education, they teach pupils manners first before academics. This is important because a pupil who is disciplined and well-mannered can easily excel in his or her studies.
With discipline everything will follow. It is not the teachers who instil discipline first in the children. It is the job of the parents to discipline their child. The teachers only reinforce discipline when these children attend school. So if their parents do not discipline their children even if teachers are doing so, children will still appear undisciplined.
As DepEd reiterated, parents should discipline their children, working hand-inhand with the discipline teachers are imposing on these children. Rearing a child is a collaborative effort as it is said, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
The author is Teacher I at San Pedro Elementary School.