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Monday, February 1, 2016

What Children Should Learn from their Parents, Guardians and Teachers

By:  Kathleen Faye Dawson
(From an untitled post originally appeared as a public post in her facebook account on Dec. 14, 2015.)

A young man went to seek an important position at a large printing company. He passed the initial interview and was going to meet the director for the final interview. The director saw his resume, it was excellent. And asked,' "Have you received a scholarship for school?"The boy replied, "No". 'It was your father who paid for your studies? '' Yes.' He replied.  'Where does your father work? ' 'My father is a Blacksmith'

The Director asked the young man to show him his hands.  The young man showed a pair of hands soft and perfect.  'Have you ever helped your parents at their job? ' 'Never, my parents always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, he can do the job better than me. The director said: 'I have got a request: When you go home today, go and wash the hands of your father and then come see me tomorrow morning.'

The young man felt his chance to get the job was high.  When he returned to his house he asked his father if he would allow him to wash his hands.  His father felt strange, happy, but with mixed feelings and showed his hands to his son. The young man washed his hands, little by little. It was the first time that he noticed his father's hands were wrinkled and they had so many scars. Some bruises were so painful that his skin shuddered when he touched them.

This was the first time that the young man recognized what it meant for this pair of hands to work every day to be able to pay for his studies. The bruises on the hands were the price that his father payed for his education, his school activities and his future.  After cleaning his father's hands the young man stood in silence and began to tidy and clean up the workshop. That night, father and son talked for a long time.

The next morning, the young man went to the office of the director.  The Director noticed the tears in the eyes of the young man when He asked him,  'Can you tell me what you did and what you learned yesterday at your house?'  The boy replied: 'I washed my father's hands and when I finished I stayed and cleaned his workshop.'  'Now I know what it is to appreciate and recognize that without my parents, I would not be who I am today. By helping my father I now realize how difficult and hard it is to do something on my own. I have come to appreciate the importance and the value in helping my family.

The director said, "This is what I look for in my people. I want to hire someone who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the hardship others go through to accomplish things, and a person who realizes that money is not his only goal in life".'You are hired'.

A child that has been coddled, protected and given everything he or she wants, develops a mentality of "I have the right" and will always put himself or herself first, ignoring the efforts of parents, family and friends. If we are this type of protective parent are we really showing love or are we helping to destroy our children?

You can give your child their own room in a big house, good food, a computer, tablet, cell phone, and a big screen TV, but when you're washing the floor or painting a wall, children need to experience that too.

After eating, have them wash the dishes with their brothers and sisters, let them fold laundry or cook with you, pull weeds or mow the lawn. You are not doing this because you are poor and can't afford help. You are doing this because you love them and want them to understand certain things about life.
Children need to learn to appreciate the amount of effort it takes to do a job right. They need to experience the difficulties in life that people must overcome to be successful and they must learn about failure to be able to succeed.

Children must also learn how to work and play with others and that they will not always win, but they can always work harder to reach their goals. If they've done their best, then they can take pride in all the effort they put forth.

Life is about giving and serving and these qualities are taught in our homes.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Critical thinking: A necessary skill in the age of spin

Source:  www.ideapod.com

 The ability to think critically is one skill separating innovators from followers. Critical thinking reduces the power of advertisers, and can help us see through the illusions that are regularly created by the media and power players.

This is a skill we all need to learn because it gives us more control.

We are surrounded by illusions, and we are constantly being presented with information from everywhere: friends, parents, the Internet, films, television, radio, newspapers and magazines, and we need to be able to analyze the input.

I think this starts in the classroom: Rather than focusing on route learning and passing exams, we should be teaching kids to critically analyze and think for themselves.

What the about the adults particularly that they are passing for another milestone in their lives this coming election 2016 because they will be selecting for people to lead them?  This also holds true and significant to them.

They should not just rely on their personal impressions, feelings and emotions for their choices.  It needs weighing and careful analysis and not just wishful thinking.  Every adult voting Filipino should not only be thinking of themselves, of the present but of the future of all.

Well, there are enough tips, guides and standards to follow.  What only needed is the willingness to follow it even if the passing candidate is disliked personally hence it is not about you and I, of ones satisfaction.  It is about our country and our people.

What do you think?