My Alma Mater, matters!

  • How has your experience of school shaped you as a learner, and as an adult?
  • In what ways do you think your own schooling could have been improved, and what priorities do you think are the most important for schools today?

My experience at school greatly influence me as a person. It made me excited to opportunities, possibilites and embrace changes in my life. It contributes in my decision makings and my perspective in life. From the excitement when you buy your school supplies, new books and new clothes prior the school opening. The first day of school, where you meet new friends and acquaintances. When you meet and greet your teachers and even the entire school community (if you are the friendly type). I learn to become social and work with the team. I was able to develop my leadership skills and management skills at school when I held a Student Government position as an Auditor and at the same time a working student as Student assitant in the IT Lab during my college days. The learning environment will greatly influence the learning experience even the attitude in terms of cleanliness and discipline — my TIP, my school has these cleanest toilet in the Philippines (I believe and you can actually sleep there), CLAYGO — Clean as you go, organized school facilities and so on. The school have these high regards in the importance of a cleanliness and orderliness. When you know the schools vision and mission by heart, then you know you’re part of it and you have a role to achieve it.

I think schools should prioritize on their students- their learning outcomes, their holistic growth to flourish as a global citizen. There had been insights from having standards, inspection, research on the effects of complying with national rules & standards as mentioned by Dr. Jane Perryman. What really strikes me is when she mentioned the imporant role of Parents in school,

“And I think that if a parent brings up a child to value education and to work hard and take education seriously, then they will do well at school. But if a parent who has no interest in education themselves, and never supports the child with homework and never ask the child how he’s doing. They are sending messages from home to the child that the school isn’t important, and therefore that child could go to any school and not do well.”

It’s a challenge then to schools on how to engage and involve the parents in the schools mission and vision. Schools have been doing that every school opening — parents orientation, but what is next after this?

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