MY BIG MOUTH by Ramon Tulfo
Values Education Is More Important!
There's a push to teach good manners and right conduct in schools, specially for the child.
I think schools should teach children the right values.
Without the right values, our children won’t see why they should be good people, why they should respect others, and treat others as they would treat themselves.
Science, math, and social studies are important, but values should come first before skills.
I feel strongly that values education is more important than skills. I feel that people should know in their hearts what is right and wrong. Without that basic learning, our children's futures will be very bleak.
Teachers themselves should also be responsible when teaching values to our children. Many parents are now very busy with work. Teachers are practically parents when they are in charge of children in school.
The values that teachers want to impart in our children should be ones they believe in. This means that teachers themselves should be good examples. If they want students to be patriotic, then they should be patriotic. If they want students to be responsible, then they, too, should be responsible. Good values are learned when children see excellent examples, not because they are told that these values are important.
Good values are far more important than good manners and right conduct. It's a good idea to teach children how to behave properly.
For example, helping an old woman cross a busy street is better than greeting her "good morning" and then leaving her to avoid speeding vehicles in the middle of the street.
Finally, let's visit the Constitution of the Philippines.
Article XIV, Section 3, says schools "shall inculcate patriotism and nationalism, foster love of humanity, respect for human rights, appreciation of the role of national heroes in the historical development of the country, teach the rights and duties of citizenship, strengthen ethical and spiritual values, develop moral character and personal discipline, encourage critical and creative thinking, broaden scientific and technological knowledge, and promote vocational efficiency."
As you can see, instilling values in our children is not just something we should do, it's enshrined in the Constitution, the basic law of the land.
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