The first few days of classes: as I see them

Classes have started, finally, and thank heavens!

President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s noble goal of reviving face-to-face classes has finally become a reality nationwide!

Just last Monday, August 22, millions of students flocked back to their respective schools to begin formal classes. At last, after more than two years of distance learning modalities, many learners have shown their enthusiasm for learning once again!

Yes, Virginia, for the first time in many years, we have a DepEd Secretary who goes out of her comfort zone and tackles problems head-on just like Xena the Warrior Princess: Vice President Sara Z. Duterte-Carpio!
Seeing our DepEd secretary in action without any airs and fanfare is such a sight to behold, especially when she visits schools and interacts with pupils and students just like a loving mother, doting aunt, and cheerful older sister. What struck me the most was when I saw pictures of her visiting Dinalupihan Elementary School last Monday.

Parents of children who have trooped back to school may find it difficult to cope with the hustle and bustle of pre-pandemic but I believe that they will overcome! Because they have nothing but love and affection for their children, parents of learners are generally known as some of the most compassionate people on Earth.

As for the children who show unbridled enthusiasm and unquenchable thirst for learning, they are worthy of emulation and admiration because they know how to plant their feet firmly on the ground and to acknowledge the fact that learning is a never-ending journey of mental enrichment, emotional discovery, and spiritual emancipation from the shackles of ignorance, pride, and poverty.

Because I have been hearing stories from my friends with children and watching and listening to the news, I can assess the first day of classes as generally peaceful, successful, and orderly. I would like to appreciate our teachers, school officials, and non-teaching staffs across all schools for keeping our schools spic and span and in tip-top shape. I also extend my appreciation to our barangay and town/city officials and our law enforcers for seeing to it that peace and order are maintained.

Despite the generally peaceful scenarios I have seen, heard, and read about, I would like to digress the efforts of all our education stakeholders because I would like to lambaste groups such as Salinlahi Youth, College Editors Guild of the Philippines, National Union of Students of the Philippines, and other so-called “progressive groups” who are actually harbingers of deception, anarchy, treachery, and civil unrest. These leftist and/or communist entities do not have the right whatsoever to create turmoil aimed towards our education landscape by injecting falsities into our leaners’ minds and hearts.

Shameful is one word that can perfectly describe the ruckus that Salinlahi Youth members have caused last Monday in front of the President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School in Batasan Hills, Quezon City. Not only did they distribute school supplies without prior governmental consent but also disrespected the police officers who were exercising their official duties.
Madre mia de Dios, sinverguenza! When will these anti-government entities ever learn? Not until Judgment Day, my God!

Digressing once again the issues created by the leftists and communists, I would like to underscore the wholehearted and sincere efforts of everyone from DepEd under VP Sara Duterte-Carpio. From the bottom of my heart, I appreciate you all so much and will support you through my column. I cannot say the same thing about CHED Chairperson J. Prospero de Vera III, though.

Keep up the good work and may your tribe increase, my fellow teachers, school administrators and DepEd under VP Duterte-Carpio! I love you all!
Happy Heroes’ Day and Maligayang Buwan ng Wika!

P.S. I dedicate this article to all of you, especially to my Tita Dahlia Manantan, who celebrated her birthday days ago. Again, I love you all!


GUESS WHAT: Insulting students, keeping them from seeing their grades, and giving them incomplete marks are the undesirable characteristics of this novice professor from a major city university in Metro Manila. My source, who is currently an engineering student, showed me screenshots of his/her conversation with the cantankerous and ornery college educator (or, should I say, ledge-ucator, because our subject tends to unleash his/her fury towards his/her students and bring them to the edge of a cliff). I was utterly shocked and then repulsed upon reading the screenshots because I learned that our subject is not only evasive but also an inconsiderate, sadistic power-tripper and cretin who is more repulsive than a gargoyle.
What are the lessons of the story? Never threaten your students or make them lose their marbles. Be fair to them, regardless of how intelligent they may seem or be. Use grades to motivate, not denigrate, your students. Love your students.

GUESS WHO: Who is this social media influencer who is not as spotlessly clean and moral as s/he purports to be? According to my source, a fan of our subject’s channel and videos, s/he happened to serendipitously discover that the influencer in question had raunchy videos on a major social media site and one of them showed our subject enjoying intimate moments with another individual. Our subject is also allegedly known for being user-friendly because many netizens have grilled him/her for being unperturbed when using people for fame.

What are the lessons of the story? Do not use other people for personal motives. Remember that for every scandal you create, you will be haunted for the rest of your life unless you repent and change your errant ways. Be sure to sweep all your scandals under the rug lest you be unveiled by someone who you have spited in the past. See to it that you are decent on-cam and off-cam.

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