Discipline is not abuse
(The Philippine Star) - December 7, 2019 - 12:00am

In the past days, teachers all over social media have been condemning an act by a parent who wanted her son’s teacher to have her license as LPT be removed after accusing the latter of being the cause of the kid’s trauma for trying to impart discipline to her student.

I am not a teacher. But I have been a student when teachers were tougher, when students accept that being punished by their teachers was a way to correct their mistakes and wrongdoings at school. I was even once sent out of the classroom for misbehaving in class. Yet, never have I thought that it was a form of harassment by my teacher because I knew I was wrong.

The younger generation, for this matter, needs to understand the need for discipline-building even at a young age up until they develop their reasonable sense of maturity which is often reached in his/her 20’s.

By doing so, neither the parents nor the teachers – who are often referred to as second parents – are physically or mentally abusing the children. This is called discipline. Discipline which they will need as they grow not only to be successful in their careers but also to contribute to a more peaceful and secured future for everyone. Discipline should never be mistaken as abuse.

In fact, academic institutions must all the more intensify their measures to discipline the youth through basic trainings such as Citizen Army Training (CAT) or Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) so students would build their character and discipline as better leaders of the future, not to mention that these trainings will also teach them in saving lives in times of disasters and in defending our nation when the situation calls.

It would even be better, in my opinion, to make ROTC a mandatory program to students to further instill their love for our Philippines, a task which can only be assigned to Filipinos.

Imagine a disciplined Filipino citizenry that is law-abiding and concerned about the welfare of the people and the environment. Imagine a community in which people would not violate simple traffic rules or non-hesitantly throw their trash everywhere. Euphoria as it may seem, right? But if we all are disciplined early at our homes by our parents and at schools by our teachers, then we may be carrying this discipline daily, we may have a more harmonious nation. - Chissan Rae Balderas

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