Fetalvero: Future fit

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By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

PRIOR to the graduation of my grandson Kenneth, he studied the phases of the moon, the eight different types of clouds, the parts of a tree and of flowers, the different shapes such as octagon, hexagon and so forth. You would think my grandson is graduating from intermediate class. He just finished kindergarten.

In this competitive world I cannot fault the school for being so advanced. However, I would rather that schools give more emphasis on good manners and right conduct at this very early stage of a child's development. I think parents can relate to my suggestion as there are more of our traditions and culture that are discussed only in Social Studies but no longer practiced.

It’s graduation time once again and the question is: How many of these graduates will get gainful employment in the next six months or within this year? There is much to be desired in our quality of education. Right after World War II when Americans were our teachers, high school graduates could already be teachers themselves.


Nowadays, our high school graduates either end up in department stores, in factories or as domestic helpers here or abroad with exception, of course, to0 those who have command in the English language. They end up in call centers or as receptionists in hotels and tourists spots.

In a television interview, David Farr, the chief executive officer of Emerson, a multi-billion dollar corporation, revealed that the thrust of the future is industrial automation. He also said that his company is now developing the technology of “devasive sensing”—meaning, offshore facilities will be manned from the mainland. That being the case, there will be less manpower. What will now happen our engineers working in offshore facilities?

Our country has vast agricultural lands just waiting to be cultivated. Our government should invest more in modernizing farming so that our young will be encouraged to go back to the fields and till our rich soil.

Fifty percent of the working forces are women. Who then takes care of the children? How about cottage industries within the barangays so that mothers are just around to tend to the children?

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 27, 2014.


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