Man­ners first be­fore knowl­edge

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! - ANA MARIE S. PINEDA --oo0oo--

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.

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