I spent today raiding the college library to find titles I would otherwise have to buy online. Fortunately, two out of the three authors I was hunting for appeared on some of the shelves. The only disappointing thing was that the only copy of Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge happened to be registered as LOST. Terrible for a book to be lost but it could also be that one such student, who loves Rilke like I do, stole the book by “losing” it. Harsh I know but oh well, we all have things to covet.
Over lunch, when the fixation with library books came second to a grumbling tummy, I sat in a filthy table outside a noisy cafeteria. People love leaving their plates and trash behind. Sometimes I think it would be great to send all the staff on vacation so no one would pick up after the jerks. They can eat with their trash if it so pleases them but I really wish we didn’t all have to endure their ignorance. In an institution that prides itself to be above or at least at par with world-class educational centers, it pains me to have to remind “the best of the best” to clean up after themselves. Incidentally, the only consolation I have for all my ranting is this piece of paper that ought to challenge anyone who teaches or works at my former college. This student left her graded test sheet along with what remained of her lunch. I noted that she’s perhaps a freshman or a sophomore, as the paper had written on it “general psychology” in big bold letters. Behold her answer to what I am guessing may be the question: Should OFW’s continue on and leave the country in search of greener pastures?
They shouldn’t leave the country first because their children are still very young especially the youngest child. Specially if the children are too attached to the parents, it might affect them emotionally and it might lead them to having a poor performance in school. They might become too sad when their parents leave already. It will also also affected them socio-emotionally because they might not know how to react to the situation properly, the youngest child might throw a tantrum cause he doesn’t want his parents to leave. They might feel that their parents don’t love them anymore that’s why they left and that thought may stay with them up until they grow and start a family, with that memory still with them, it might affect how they they raise their own family. Cognitively, they might think they are neglected because their parents left them. Not having a parent physically may make them sad specially when they see their friends who have parents by their sides. They might feel inferior and have no importance.
A lot of my friends criticize me when I rant about education and indeed, some of them have resorted to apathy because they think poor communication skills are only problems of the impoverished masses. Well, sorry to disappoint you but I think this should drive the point home. Is there even a term called socio-emotionally? I seriously want to know because I may be wrong. The infatuation with postmodernism might even render the usage of words like “specially” correct but anyway, I leave that to critics. Oh, you know what totally puts the icing on this cake? The teacher gave her an 8 out of 10! 🙂 Laugh? Cry? Laugh? Cry? Laugh nalang. *sigh*
Oh well. I can only hope that educators and students alike might do their share to address this problem. I mean, sure, students need teachers but the moment they cease to meet your needs and expectations, please don’t hesitate to take your education into your own hands and begin the process of self-study. You’ll live to be a life-long and happy learner. Trust me.
Gosh. Ranting aside though, I really want to post about the places I’ve been this year. I have stories and pictures from Indonesia, Quezon Province, Tarlac and a slew of other places. WordPress wouldn’t support a features plug-in because I’m not a paying user and I really don’t want the hassle of having to pay to say things for free. Maybe I’ll just add a page then edit as I go along? Arg. Or not. I might use the Vox account maybe? Then I’ll just link it here. Ah, Technology! My supreme headache. Is there any other way? 😦
Oooh, if you want to see photos from the exhibit and sneak-a-peek at Carina, click here. it was great to see her after so long! She’s got me on my toes again trying to figure out a project! Too bad I can’t put up the travel posts yet. Oh boo.
On the flip side, there might be another reason to be excited. Solo is inviting people to go with her to Anawangin in Zambales. I hope the trip pushes through. And I hope by then I might get my hands on this wonderful piece of metallic love:
I held one yesterday courtesy of Carina and I think I fell in love. Wonderful little machine, please be mine!