AFTER genetically modified organisms, a breakthrough by scientists, what is next? Our world is constantly changing with every discovery, every invention and every necessity.
Our new generation has to keep up with the changes through constant research and updating of knowledge. Is our educational system updated enough to cope with the changes? Our counterparts in Asia are already embarking on more advanced studies and experiments.
This administration could look into potential scientists and inventors within our school community. These children could be given recognition by way of separating them from regular schools and establishing some sort of “magnet” schools like in the United States. There are incentives and scholarships in place for exceptionally talented individuals but more support could be given by way of materials needed for proposed projects.
Children in the high school level will show some inclination where they are comfortable. This way, parents or guardians will not have to spend so much on academics if the child is interested in scientific, technical or agricultural endeavors.
Forcing a child to take a course in the medical field just because the remuneration is high, is a great disservice to the child, if his interest is somewhere else.
Globalization, artificial intelligence and robotics are challenges that we face in this modern world. My grandson Kenneth is very much interested in robotics. In fact, last year, he joined a Cesafi (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc.) robotics competition. Eight from his school competed in the event which was a regional level competition.
In support of my grandson’s interest, my son encouraged Kenneth to learn more in the field of robotics by reading Mbot, which is a robotic learning initiative for beginners.
Every parent or guardian must be sensitive and be very observant to individualistic points of interest that children show early in life since these suggest in what fields they are most likely to succeed.
Since parents or guardians are now very much involved in the present mode of learning using the internet from home, it is easier to monitor and identify where these interests are.
For those children in private school, the success or failure of every child is very much dependent now on the support of the people at home. School children in public schools rely much on support from the government, especially in this pandemic where millions of Filipinos are jobless.