Fetalvero: Parental guidance, please

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By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WHAT children learn collectively outside of school are the stuff that need explanation and guidance from guardians or parents since these are the ones that may be detrimental to the young generation.

There are some information they get from browsing the Internet, from watching television, from documentaries, from newspapers and other reading materials, and social media.

There was a time when history was written on the walls of a cave, passed on by word of mouth, told and retold through generations. In ancient history, it took 200 years before an event was disseminated worldwide. With advanced technology, it would take only 72 hours or less. More often than not, an event is reported as it is unfolding.


It is much easier to get the big picture. However, it is very difficult to explain why these things are happening.

How do we explain to our children why some children are suffering as a result of a combatant environment? How do we explain in simple terms why there is so much chaos in some parts of the world? How do we even get a Chinese child to understand that her parents’ country of origin is bullying the Philippines; the country that gave them so many opportunities in life?

What do we say to our children when they ask why come our own legislators, who are supposed to uphold the law, are allegedly involved in the biggest scam?

As to the social unrest in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Thailand, Ukraine and Mali in Northern Africa we can only point to the fact that some of the world’s woes are caused by the bruised egos of some greedy world leaders.

It is indeed harder to explain why a father killed his own son just so the mother, who works abroad, would come home. My point is we parents have to be there to give guidance so our children will get the bigger picture as quickly as we can heat our food in the microwave oven. Speed therefore is of the essence before these kids can say, “Ganyan talaga ang buhay.” No, life should not be this way.

Children will soon go back to school. Education is a whole lot more if we have to consider what they learn collectively inside and outside the school campus.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 29, 2014.


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