“Dear education: I am your child, an offspring of wild thoughts entangled with knots and photos of poorer countries, people sleeping on cots. I am the series of words ordered to make enough sense to partly understand the past tense; I am a present poet of no specific dazzling hero heroics. These pages in my corporate friendly text book do no good to me, I am like Socrates, I seek knowledge through my own means enlightened conversation, dreams, books, meditation. I am the raised hand waiting patiently for the teacher to hear my answer, so answer me this teacher, why must I wait for you to hear me?
“I will blurt out senseless answers to answerless equations, learn the ways of other nations through cultural vibrations which sink deep into the solitude of my sleep, and speak very loudly for the hungry, the weak. This week is next week’s memory of repetitive cycles and styles, hair cuts and new shoes, no new thought on the newest news, yo, I learn out of pure bliss of learning, in me is a yearning to continue turning in and out of realizations.
“Dear math, your certainty scares me. I am uncertain that algebra will aid me, for I refuse you, it is so clearly absent in me. I will make up my own numbers, and number them none through no more, no more comes right after when can I, can you is before will you, will I keep going? Going is nowhere if everyday you are where you were, where you were is where I could be. Could you please tell me why I must learn this uncertain certainty? Certainly you can understand that I am no average man and thus trust that I will soak in passing thought while these formulas for fractions gather dust. I need not geometry, for nature doesn’t produce your so called square, your man made perfections and imperfections. Sections of rock are not measured; they are felt and seen, in real life not square screens. I have seen this in my dreams… and I remember in the morning, there is no math in waking, math is taking me from wisdom and forcing me to understand mere riddles.
“Dear grades; Why do you try to cut me like a cookie and shape me to a mold? As if to then be sold to another institution of being told what to think and how to arrange this ink on my notebook surface, scribbling flight without the gift of wings. I do admit that you do teach me the potency of further potential somehow essential for a good job, to spend my time gathering money to exchange for my right to own anything. I should be taught but not graded, there is no reason, we are all as inconstant as the seasons.
“How does one grade the slow hover of leaves braking away from treetops tossed into fate filled gravitational landing spots? I have graded politicians and cops, judges, CEO’s, American Idols. This system has failed and cannot continue in its current direction; it must be re-thought and re-taught so that maybe somehow people in this world will actually seek understanding between one another.
“I will recite my right to recite my voice by choice of creating sound for others to listen to and ignore till they stoop so low in ignorance that their brains land with a Thud on the floor.., I have a fist full of forgiveness, to forgive what I forget. And pave a path for truth to flow which is diminishing, yet, it is all too much. Much is all too well, and as long as there is hope for heaven there is a need for hell. My mellow moon is melancholy.
“If I could express the spirit, I would rise above lies and find the truth for all to hear it and know the reasons why…why we still have not found our place, our place as intellectual apes.
“Dear students of “acting like your [sic] paying attention”; learn if you choose to, do as you want to and let me entangle thoughts with knots while reason looses [sic] value, and slowly rots. You lend yourselves to faulty fictions and contradictions only audible when nobody wants to listen. So listen now, now you listen to me, for I too have a need to say what’s right when right is wrong and life is blinding me.
“Dear education; I am your child.”
Judging and Prizes
Presentation:Oppe STaR Chart Analysis
According to the StaR Chart, our campus’ greatest strength is in the Key Area of Infrastructure for Technology, where we are classified as Advanced Tech in 2006-07 and 2008-09. Additionally, we have achieved Target Tech classification level in Internet Access Connectivity and Speed. I agree with this assessment with just one reservation: that it is unclear whether we really have, “Teacher cadres (who) have been established to create and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture, and support faculty in using technology to maximize teaching and learning.”
On the other hand, the StaR Chart shows that our campus’ greatest weakness is in the Key Area of Educator Preparation and Development, especially in the focus areas of Access to Professional Development (classified as Early Tech in 2007-08) and Professional Development for Online Learning (classified as Developing Tech for all three years.) I agree with this as this is the chief complaint in three campuses that I have worked in (in the same district), as well as among my colleagues in other schools and school districts. In the two campuses that I serve, it is quite apparent that teachers do not have a full grasp of how to integrate technology into their daily lessons, or even to gather sources for teaching and lesson planning. We discuss a few online resources and computer programs that teachers and students can use to supplement regular instruction, but full professional development sessions for such resources have been sparse. I humbly submit that his would easily be addressed if each campus has a designated person for technology professional development, as well as Instructional Support, another area of need for these campuses.
This issue is highly critical as we cannot expect teachers to fully implement the Technology Applications TEKS, not to mention attain the goals of the Texas Long-Range Plan, if they do not become technology proficient themselves and receive the requisite professional development. Again, this would easily be addressed if each campus has a designated person for technology professional development as well as instructional support. Interestingly, this position was eliminated two years ago, and we now only receive infrequent inservice (brief at that) from one specialist for all elementary schools in my district. My campus and the district as a whole may have adequate (and improving) physical infrastructure, but the human infrastructure still has a lot of room to grow.
“Toute nation a le gouvernement qu’elle mérite.” (Joseph De Maistre, 1753-1821) which literally translates to, “Every nation has the government which it deserves” has been in my mind ever since I read about Le Cirque, Bobby Van’s, and Pres. GMA’s gustatory adventures. I humbly submit that this quote is applicable (valid?) to our country’s situation for two reasons. One, the poor and/or uneducated voters would vote for any candidate who: doles out a few bucks (I still don’t understand why they can’t just promise to do it and then turn around and vote with their conscience. Are we really that honest?), or issues grandiose statements that range from alleviating poverty to curing cancer. Two, a lot (if not most) of educated citizens are apathetic. I have had conversations with my friends who refuse to vote or take any part in the political process and I almost always end up frustrated because they refute anything I say with pronouncements like, “Wala namang mangyayari kahit na bumoto ako, sayang lang ang oras ko!” or “Kahit sino pa ang maupo e mangungurakot lang ‘yan.” It is quite apparent that they have been jaded, which I understand, but at this point, I usually get too emotional and accuse them of treason and I suppress the urge to bellow, “Off with their heads!” and “Hoy, mahiya ka, ang taumbayan kaya ang nagpa-aral sa iyo!” if they hailed from U.P. Quite frankly, I am not equipped to handle either case.
The recent disasters and the government’s lackadaisical (no, despicable) show of recovery and relief efforts should be proof positive that we need, if not deserve, better leadership. Whenever I bring it up, however, I am met with the usual response of “Tama na ‘yan, walang magagawa ang sisihan,” which is quite reflective of our culture. But how else would we ponder and make a better choice after committing egregious errors? After we have overcome these trials and tribulations, can you please stop and think hard before you cast a vote? That is, if you’re going to vote, of course. If you take a look at the front runners among the presidentiables, Sec. Gilbert Teodoro had the perfect opportunity to prove himself by simply taking charge. After all, he has the resources of the government at his disposal, not to mention the now-known fact that he can commandeer a helicopter, that is if he was really serious about rescuing anybody besides his own family. Then came the buzz about GMA’s lavish expenditures and the allegedly missing P800M emergency funds and now, the grand LWUA bash feted by Pichay purportedly to impress his big boss.
According to the articles I’ve read, the “wais” Manny Villar was probably the first one to take action by dispatching (conspicuously labeled?) dump trucks and distributing relief goods. People, however, were quick to douse him with a cold shower of Marikina floodwater by taking pictures of said props, este, accoutrements and thusly implied criticism (Can you say cynical?). Like I said: “wais.” He wouldn’t be that rich if he didn’t know how to take advantage of any opportunity that presented itself. If you think about it, he and Willie Revillame are a perfect tandem of people who are expert at taking advantage of anything and anybody.
I do not know what to say about Noynoy in this regard. Has anybody even asked him about his mother’s CARP crap and the farmers who were gunned down? (Do yourself a favor and read http://missgo.wordpress.com/). Man, the temerity to get in front of the camera and proclaim his candidacy. Now that’s what I call cojones. I think only Bongbong Marcos can stand next to this guy. Oops, now that I think about it, I don’t think this will be such a good idea. Back to the topic at hand… what has he done besides meet with Erap to discuss the 2010 polls? Not only that, what has he really accomplished?
Erap, Chiz, Jamby, and Lacson? Please. They need their heads checked and their egos exorcised (not just excised).
But, as in elections past, who else? Are my friends who shun suffrage right in the end? Do we really want to leave this important decision up to everybody else? I think it is time for Bishop Bert Mercado and Nicanor Perlas to show their mettle and show us that there are better alternatives. After all, better is what we deserve.