Sunday, June 27, 2010

Realities of...

sitting here outside the house, thinking what to write for our reaction paper.

is this OK?

Realities of Education in the Philippines
            Education for all of us is something that keeps us living in this reality. Everyday is a learning day for all of us, we learn something new, something that will give us realizations in life. For all these years, I’ve been in school for almost 17 years. Since y elementary years, I’ve been in a private school, continuing in high school, then to the present. I consider myself as one of those fortunate ones to have good education since my parents are financially stable.  Brand new books every school year, complete school requirements, and the like, but after watching “Mga Munting Tinig”, I realized that not all of us are fortunate to have a good education. Seeing those children in the movie, it really touched me. Living in a remote area, farming as labor, no money for a single school uniform, no enough fund for the school to renovate a room, having a class under the trees, these are just some realities that made me realize how important education can be.
            Most parents in the movie doesn’t allow their children to go to school, they mentioned that going to school is just a waste of time considering the labor for the harvesting of their crops and helping out in their homes. For them, work is much important than learning to read and write. For the parents, I think they’re very close minded when it comes to educating their children, but I can’t blame them, they were also raised my their parents like that. In school, teachers were limited. They only have three teachers and one of them is not a qualified teacher at all. The principal of the school hired her because of the scarce of the teachers. The school lacks facilities for better learning environment. Every time a typhoon would happen, their classrooms are a mess. Brand new books are sealed and students cannot use them, and students often fight for having only one book in each class. These are just some of the truth that is happening behind our backs, and we can’t separate politics in these realities.
            Being a teacher, we have the responsibility to teach them how to learn. In that way, everything that we taught them will eventually make them progress on their own. Like in the saying, “teachers open the door. You enter by yourself”, in this saying, it simply means that we teachers are the one who teach them to be responsible and independent. That’s why we are here to let them show their full potential for them to discover themselves. 

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