Next Week

Three weeks ago, I was planning to go back to GK-Banago to observe what the DepEd representative was doing so I’d know how T4T can help.  That class was postponed. 

I also missed the second week – I tried to send a text message to the representative but got no reply.  I learned later that that class too had been postponed.  In the meantime, I found a friend (IGM) who promised to help me see the DepEd Big Boss here in Bacolod City so I can make inquiries about what we can do for the Adult Learning System at GK-Banago.

I guess it’s the timing … really bad timing because anybody and everybody connected with schools are busy preparing for the forthcoming school opening.  So the meeting got postponed to another day and yet another and another.

In the meantime, classes at GK-Banago also kept being postponed.  The last time I asked AB, she said the lady-tutor could not come because “she had something else to do.”  It seems the classes at Banago aren’t in anybody’s list of priorities.  That’s really disheartening but it also told me I must hurry!

Finally, IGM sent me a message (via Facebook!) that she’s coming with me to a meeting on Tuesday, June 9, with the DepEd guy who is directly in charge of the ALS.  This is the big guy to see about ALS, that was IGM’s message to me.  I am excited and happy for GK-Banago (and for T4T!).  I hope this meeting pushes through because we can no longer afford to keep on letting time slip by.

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I Moved

I decided to permanently move this blog to Teach For Tomorrow (same blog title, different URL).  The new URL is One week from now, I will be deleting this blog.

Hope to see you there! 🙂

The Augustinian Accountant’s Creed

I wrote this ten years ago as a way of reminding my students of the “worthy ideals” that they must strive for as “a Christian, a Filipino and an Augustinian.”


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The Oath To Be Ethical

The title of the New York Times article immediately caught my attention:  A Promise To Be Ethical In An Era Of Immorality.

This was about Harvard Business School graduates taking a voluntary oath that says their purpose is “to serve the greater good” and that, among others, they will “act with utmost integrity and pursue my work in an ethical manner.”

I am very happy about this development.  We all know  that most of these Harvard biz graduates are going to be leaders of big companies and organizations in the future but the NY Times article also says only 20% of the class took the oath.  What about the rest?

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A Lesson From Peru

There is something that we can learn from here.

Long shot but not impossible. 🙂

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To Find A Way

If there’s a will, there’s a way.

But first we must find a way.

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Making Winners

The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort.  The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people. – K. Patricia Cross

One of the things Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers confirmed to me is the make-or-break power a teacher wields over his/her students.  It is awesome, if not frightening to think, how teachers’ selections can determine who gets more attention (and hence more chances of improving or honing his talent/skills) or who gets virtually ignored.

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