Monday, September 27, 2004

Starting them young.

There's something to be said about the quality of education provided to kindergarten students nowadays.

Parents strive to set a good example for their kids so that when they grow up, they can have confidence in themselves to walk in good faith. They slave away at their jobs for twenty years, just so their child will be able to get a good education: grounded in morals, propriety, reasonable intelligence, and curiosity. They make sure to point out the right path in life, and rarely cease worrying whether their parenting and school education will be enough for their child.

Hence, you have parents scrambling to look for a school that offers education which is geared towards their beliefs in life. The advent of Christian schools in the Philippines is a testament to that. When a child start young, the lessons learned will have an impact in his/her life. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

So when I wandered into a pre-k classroom last Sunday and spotted a manila paper dotted with pictures, I thought it was the usual stuff that five-year olds do. It was an exercise on learning how to discern with the senses - what objects are rough, what objects are smooth, things like that.

It was one object on the Smooth part that really caught my eye.

There was a cutting of a Budweiser beer bottle pasted there.

In between gales of laughter, I had several blasphemous thoughts.

That kid knows the taste of beer more than I do!
Was it the mother or the father who helped the kid cut out the beer bottle?
How come it wasn't San Miguel Beer?
Kids...they don't know how to love their own.

Maybe it's not such a good idea to start them young after all.