[OPINION] Parents, teach your children to love learning

“Teach them early to stand firm, to have the humility to accept when they are wrong, and to empathize with the circumstances of others”

A recent UNICEF-UNESCO-World Bank Joint Program report entitled “Where are we on the recovery of education? assessed the performance of the Philippines during the pandemic in terms of basic education. It has been reported that only 1 in 10 Filipino children aged 10 can read simple text. One consideration that was captured by the said report was that the Philippines had the longest government-imposed lockdown and school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In another report Titled “Framework for Reopening Schools,” it clearly stated that nation states were strongly encouraged to reopen schools with strict adherence to minimum health protocols to mitigate the effects of the spread of the virus. However, this was easier said than done since, given the context of the Philippines, which is an archipelago country, access to education and basic resources is still far from certain. This was also considered apart from the poor performance of the state of the country in 2020, the fiasco of the health system and the passage of the anti-terrorism law, among others.

Given the context of these intergovernmental reports and state initiatives, I am convinced that for the country to alleviate its education crisis, the role of parents is extremely crucial. The family, being the basic unit of social institutions, is the cell that must be nurtured. If certain cells in the body are not working properly, as Emile Durkheim suggests, then the whole body will be affected. Parents in every household must provide whatever they can for their children. This includes teaching every child to love learning in general, not just love for learning in school, but for all learning and growth opportunities.

Regardless of a family’s socio-economic status, a love for learning is a worthwhile investment that we should all capitalize on to overcome pressing issues not just in education, but in how we will decide to lead our nation. In this regard, here are some suggestions to promote a love of learning in children:

  1. Parents, your supervision, especially if the child is just in his formative years, is highly recommended. Children can be exposed to mature content that can distort and interfere with the formation of the child’s ideas.
  2. Take the time to teach children the basics of reading, writing and numeracy. This goes without saying, but parents and guardians can take into account the 6 laws of learning by Edward Thorndike to initiate learning in children even before they go to formal school.
  3. If the child is doing poorly in school, listen carefully to what their teachers are telling you. Learn to work with their teachers; they are not the enemy, you all work together to fight and eliminate ignorance.
  4. Research different parenting styles and how they might fit your home and your parenting guidance.
  5. Teach them early to stand their ground, to have the humility to accept when they are wrong, and to empathize with the circumstances of others.
  6. Most importantly, give them a worthy reason to live their lives to the fullest, whether it’s to serve others, to empower others, or to be the best versions of themselves.

The power of each family to shape and build the minds, hearts and souls of this nation cannot be ignored. The family is essential for the country to achieve a national ethic towards inclusive and holistic development and to overcome the challenges facing the nation. – Rappler.com

Juniesy Estanislao is a licensed professional teacher. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Philippine Studies, majoring in Development Studies at the Asian Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he is researching education policy, underdevelopment, legal education martial art, critical pedagogy and voter education. among others.

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