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Bagong Taon Nanaman

Ilang ikot pa ng tangkay ng orasan
Kalendaryong gamit muling papalitan
Mga paghahanda’y kaliwa’t kanan
Paligid tiyak dadagundong nanaman

Tiyak na paligid nga ay dadagundong
Sa nanalapit nanamang bagon taon
Kasi gawi na kapag ito’y sinalubong
Paputok dapat bahagi ng selebrasyon

Ang paniniwala kasing nakagisnan
Ingay at paputok kinatatakutan
Ng mga espiritung dala’y kamalasan
Kaya’t sa bagong taon ay pa-ingayan

Ngunit wika ni Brod Pete may nasusulat
Ang paputok daw pala dala ay malas
Espiritung nasa labas kapag nagulat
Sa bahay, nang taguan, ay hahagilap

Dagdag niya kung gusto raw makatiyak
Ito’y kanyang binasa sa nasusulat
Nang ‘di papasok itinataboy na malas
Magpaputok sa loob ‘wag lang sa labas

Meron pang uso bukod sa mga paputok
T’wing bagong taon malapit nang pumasok
Ang natura’y prutas na korteng bilog
Ubod nang dami kung sa mesa’y ihandog

Bilog, kasi, ang kasinghugis ay pera
Kaya’t sa bagong taon swerte daw ang dala
Sa bilog na prutas yayaman, giginhawa
Hindi ang bumibili kundi ang tindera

Iba’t-iba ang ating mga pamahiin
T’wing ang bagong taon ay sasalubungin
May pagkaing dapat at di-dapat ihain
May kulay ang damit na dapat suotin

Dapat may lucky charm sa ding-ding nakadikit
Dili kaya’y sa damit ito’y nakakabit
Dapat kulay pula ang isuot na damit
At may mga bilog dito’y nakatitik

Malas di maitataboy ng paputok
Swerte’y di dadalhin ng prutas na bilog
Kung sa pamahiin hindi huhulagpos
Masaganang buhay hindi maaabot

Kung tagumpay ay nais makamtan
Mga pamahiin atin nang talikuran
Sa bagong taon ang ating asahan
Awa ng DIYOS at sariling kagalingan



We label students as pesky when they keep pestering us with questions about their scores in quizzes and exercises. We find them annoying when near the end of a semester or shortly after final exams they send emails or call to inquire about their grades.

We say they are desperate when after knowing their grades they move heaven and earth to make us reconsider it and give them higher marks citing 101 reasons we need to do so, some of which are valid, some pure antics.

There are times when some teachers drop the correction fluid unto the grades they have given because they get moved either by the appeal of the students or by pressure from upstairs.
We often criticize students for being so grade-conscious.

But is it their fault?


Students are grade-conscious not because they want to but standards of society force them to be. The policies and procedures in the academe framed that kind of mind-set in the consciousness of students. They are seemingly programmed to become grade-conscious.

It all begins at home. Parents keep reminding their children to study hard and get good grades. When the children get to school, the indoctrination goes full steam. Teachers give a battery of tests and exercises telling the students to perform well if they want to pass the subject. And that if they want to be part of the honor roll then they need to have high scores.

Parents tell students to study hard, the teachers tell them to study harder. Day and night students are told that they must get good grades. After school, parents would even acquire the services of a tutor to further improve the academic performance of their children.

That’s how the “getting-good-grades-is-a-must” mentality gets ingrained in the consciousness of the poor little kids.

Companies and corporations deliver the coup de grace by frequently advertising that they hire only the best and brightest. And what’s the tangible measurement of these superlatives (best and brightest)? GRADES…A+, or 1 or 5 or what-have-you.

Society have assigned GRADES as proof of excellence. Academic performance of students is measured through their grades. The higher the grades the more excellent is the student. That’s how it goes.
RESULT? The students become grade-conscious. The grades they receive is a microscope and they are the specimen in the slide. Their academic marks are like scalpels used to dissect the contents of the shell between their ears.

The parents want them to work hard for their grades. Yes, perhaps for the children’s sake but the grades they receive is an instrument used by the parents in monitoring their investment. They want to make sure that
their children are not wasting the money they are spending for their education.
Parents become so mad when their children present to them unsatisfactory academic marks. And of course, when their children perform well academically, they are elated no end. It is a boost to their pride, a feather in their caps.

The schools in any country stretch their students to the limits of academic achievement because when students pass standardized examinations given by their governments it redounds to their benefit. It’s good for ranking and accreditation purposes. It’s a boost to their reputation. It’s good for marketing.

The parents and the teachers keep telling the kids that good grades is a prerequisite to success, the only way to get a good job. Thus the students think that the purpose of education is purely economic, to prepare them for a job. And if they fail to get good marks their future is doomed. They will not succeed.

This is the way the students are brainwashed into getting the highest marks possible. This is what developed among students a tunnel vision about education, that it’s all about getting good grades in order to be among the best and the brightest to who the big companies and corporations would give a chance to get a high-paying job.

The grades have seemingly become a curse. The grades take joy off learning. They make students prisoners in the classrooms and the teachers the unforgiving and unrelenting prison guards.

The grades put blinders on the students preventing them from seeing the bigger picture, that education is more than getting good grades and that the purpose of education goes beyond getting a job.

It’s sad that both the parents and the educators themselves are the ones putting the blinders on the students. They are the ones who put enormous pressure on the students to get good grades.

There’s nothing wrong if we help students to excel and to get the highest marks possible but we must not forget to tell them at the same time that grades are not the be-all and end-all of schooling. The students need to be told that the world doesn’t end if they don’t receive A+.

Schools must not forget that they exist to prepare the students, not only to find a job after graduation, but to live life and be a productive member of society and humanity.

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