the school is one of those social institutions that is supposed to educate, train, nurture, and understand its constituents. in doing so, schools must never be repressive in any form, as it should be open to the diverse orientation of its constituents.
education involves not only book learning but also practical learning.
training then is tantamount to constant practice of abilities, skills and crafts. nurturing and understanding the students must go hand in hand.
nurture ensures that the students enjoy the privileges of education.
nurture means providing the students with enough facilities and technology to enhance learning.
nurture also entails understanding the social, psycho-physiological and cultural background of the students.
in the philippines, although schools tend to be repressive at certain points (i.e. freedom of speech, freedom of beliefs, repressive policies, etc.), i can proudly say that we fulfill all other requirements of the school being a social institution except one, and that is nurture.
lack of nurture in our schools is forgivable though. the government’s lack of budget allocation for education, which further leads us to lack of technology, contributes much to the scarce nurture in our schools.
but despite the lack of support from the government, schools in the country managed to ensure quality education and training. our schools have produced thousands of quality graduates in various fields of expertise.
it was disappointing how the staff of a canadian school discriminated a filipino child because of eating with a spoon and fork.
imagine ostracizing a child for not conforming with the fork-only-eating habit of most canadian students. how narrow-minded can that social institution be? that Ccanadian school may be miles ahead of us in terms of technology and facilities, but they lack the most essential feature that a school should have, and that is understanding.
the child was reported to have experienced trauma due to exclusion from the school. to make the scenario worse, the child was even considered uncivilized by the staff and officials of that particular canadian school.
here’s the catch, despite the lack of nurture, philippine schools never discriminate students that way, especially foreign students.
just consider philippine schools’ treatment with foreign students. foreign students are given equal opportunities with other local students, simply because they are all students.
i am proud that we value r-e-s-p-e-c-t in our schools.
shame on that canadian school.
eat all your forks!
thanks to momel for the link to the article.