When I was five years old, a group of teen-agers held regular weekend classes for the children in our neighborhood.
They built a makeshift classroom in a vacant lot. Then they furnished the improvised school with old chairs and battered blackboards – either borrowed or smuggled from the trash.
The sessions involved lectures on writing, reading, arithmetic, science, general religion and bits of history. Surprisingly, the lessons were very easy to absorb because they were peppered with entertaining examples and fascinating stories.
After each class, the “teachers” always sent us home with notes for our parents. The notes contained assessments on our progress and instructions regarding our daily assignments. Our parents dutifully followed those instructions and drilled our young minds with education.
Thus, even before entering school, we were already familiar with basic education. And modesty aside, because of our “makeshift preparation”, formal education came like a breeze – thanks to the sacrifices of our parents and our unselfish neighbors.
At present, we lament on the deteriorating quality of education in the Philippines. According to reports, there are high school students who cannot read; college students who cannot speak English; and graduating students who cannot even solve simple mathematical problems.
What happened? Well, some sectors are quick to point their fingers to teachers and the government. They believe that the root cause of the deepening education crisis is the influx of incompetent educators and inept education leaders.
True. But that’s only one side of the coin. The other side shows incompetent parents and selfish citizens.
Education is a right. But like every right, it is laden with responsibilities. We have the responsibility to use it for our own good; responsibility to use it for the good of our fellowmen; and responsibility to educate the young.
The solution to the education system breakdown is simple: we must help the teachers and the government satisfy our children’s right to education.
We do not need to build a makeshift classroom in our backyard to help educate our kids. We just have to devise our own ways to help them in their studies and motivate them to love education. That is our responsibility to our children and to the nation.
By the way, all the children who attended “classes” in the makeshift classroom that I related a while ago are now professionals, and successful in their own right.
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