Heto Na Naman...

Dear Principal,

Last night my son grappled with the exercises in his CAL book. Apparently, their teacher instructed them to answer ALL unanswered exercises in the book as part of his requirement for their clearance.

The problem is, most of the exercises cover topics not yet discussed or taught in class. (For an example, please see page 215.) I tried to help him but the exercise was too technical even for me. The discussion in the book was of no help.

I think it is unfair, if not wrong, to force the students to finish the exercises merely for compliance, when the teacher wasn’t able to discuss the lessons at all. The children are completing the exercises by guesswork and copying from each other, motivated not by an interest to learn but by the desire to get it done and over with, and get their clearance.

I advised my son not to answer the exercises as I will refer the matter to you. Can you kindly mediate with the teacher? Surely there are other better requirements than this for the clearance. Besides, why make the clearance process hard, when the students have actually completed all academic requirements?

Thank you. I look forward to your intervention on this matter, and would appreciate a reply.

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Anonymous said...

dear anne,

change school....
or help jam comply by answering some....
happy childhood or burdened childhood never mind the teacher....
last year na po ito... tiisin mo nalng muna...
mader ang wrinkles

anneski:) said...

Hay Jeng... You know what's frustrating? I can afford to send him to the best school but I don't because I can't take him away from his friends because he's requested so. Sa high school ko na lang daw siya ilipat.

So another year of pagtitiis for me. Damn! Why can't people just do their jobs, and do them well?

Olive Joy said...

I think having him stay on is a good decision, this way you're more vigilant with what they're teaching your boy. My mom's a retired teacher and she keeps telling me how different teachers and children have become in the last ten years that she was teaching. If you can be his best teacher (yes, this is damn near impossible but what wouldn't you do for your own flesh and blood) then you've outdone what the best school can ever do for your child.

Kaya mo 'yan!

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