LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children…” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7, the Holy Bible).
RP’S EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM CREATING CRIMINALS OF PINOYS: How many more teachers, or, perhaps, students in our public schools should die before we awaken to the realization that our system of educating Filipino children is not creating good and responsible children or citizens but is actually making criminals out of them?
Of course, Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones, ruing the killing by a 15-year old female student of her teacher, Vilma Cabactulan of the Pedro “Oloy” N. Roa National High School in Cagayan De Oro City last Tuesday, September 13, 2016, is correct in saying that “it is high time that the mental health needs of both our teachers and students are given attention…”
But, what else can Briones, or even the entire Duterte government, do to address the evidently deteriorated mental condition of both the teachers and students of public schools in the country when, for a long time now, DepEd has officially stopped the teaching of good manners and right conduct and of religion or spirituality to Filipino children?
DEPED IS TO BLAME FOR CRIMINAL-MINDED YOUTH: Undeniably, since Filipino children are no longer taught good manners and right conduct and the proper fear and love of God in their schools, much less in their homes, they grow up not knowing right from wrong, and not knowing that evil behavior or conduct is punished severely while good and exemplary deeds are amply rewarded by the God that created all of us.
If Filipino school children are now capable of killing their teachers, and physically incapacitating their fellow students or even other people that cross their paths, DepEd has no one else to blame except itself. Through the years, it has espoused the rejection of moral, spiritual and socio-civic values by the kind of curriculum it has been and still is pushing nationwide.
In fact, DepEd has even become the prime enemy of the teaching of Biblical and spiritual principles to many students by its official policy—as shown by one of its circulars known as DECS Order No. 68, Series of 1999—of rejecting the DECS and DepEd-authorized operation of schools owned, managed, and operated, by Christian (Born Again) churches in the whole country.
WHAT DEPED SHOULD BE TEACHING CHILDREN: With due respect, I must say that public schools—elementary and secondary—no longer train children in the way that they should go. More basically, DepEd schools do not even know the way that school children should be taught, so that even if they grow old they will not depart from it.
If any teacher, principal, superintendent, or any other high DepEd official is going to be asked, what is the way that students should be trained on, I am willing to bet that 99% of them would not be able to answer correctly. They could not, because it is obvious that not many of them read the Bible, which describes the way that our children should be taught.
The only way that Filipino kids should be taught is through the training and instruction of the Lord our God. What is this training and instruction of the Lord our God? It is to believe in God, and to love Him with all their might, heart, soul, and mind. If we impart to them this belief in God while they are still young, not only will they grow to be good men and women. They will also be blessed by God beyond expectations!
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