One thing I really enjoy about blogging is the comments. Every morning when I get out of bed and head into my office (hey, it’s just in the next room for my bedroom after all!), one of the first things I enjoy doing is reading the comments that have been left on my various blogs. I often find that comments change the way that I think about something. Maybe on a subject that I wrote about, somebody will leave a comment that will turn around the way I think. More often, somebody will leave a comment that is in agreement with something I say, but it adds a little tidbit that I had not considered. Often times I find that tidbit to be a whole new topic for discussion.
Today is a day like that. Somebody make a remark in a comment on this blog that really was a “light bulb” moment for me. You know what a “light bulb moment” is, right? It’s kind of when you read something or realize something and it’s like a light bulb goes on inside your head. It’s like – “hey, that is so simple – why didn’t I realize that before?” That happened today. A few days ago, Julius posted an article about why he and his family moved to the Philippines from the USA. It was a good article, I enjoyed it. One of the comments several days ago, left by Harvey said that by moving to the Philippines, Julius was limiting his Children’s educational opportunities. I really disagreed with that. I feel that the educational opportunities here are as good as they are in the USA, it’s just a matter of searching out those opportunities and taking advantage of them. But, another comment was left today that struck me.
On US educ, wishing teachers could scrap out the lesson plan and focus on teaching Good Manners & Right Conduct, instead.
Bingo! Why didn’t I think of that exact point before? It is so simple, but so true! The level of good behavior, good manners and good conduct that is found among children in the Philippines is so far ahead of the kids of the USA. There is really no comparison! When you go into a classroom here, you have a bunch of kids all dressed in their uniforms, sitting quietly at their desk doing their schoolwork. In the USA, you’ve got kids in all states of dress (and undress), some of them might be at their desk. Some of them may be doing schoolwork. But, overall, they are doing whatever they want. The teachers at US schools (many of them) are intimidated by the kids. You’ve got teachers having sex with their students. You’ve got high school boys making high school girls pregnant. Basically, you’ve got a classroom full of unruly “students” who are basically in control of the class. Here in the Philippines, the kids have been taught good conduct, good behavior, respect for their elders and such.
Indeed, Jul, you are 100% correct. When it comes to teaching kids good behavior, the schools in the Philippines are way ahead of those in the USA. And, I believe that good manners is an important thing for our kids to learn.