Lacson joins move to restore GMRC subject in schools

Published November 24, 2019, 11:07 AM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Hannah Torregoza

Senator Panfilo Lacson has joined other lawmakers in pushing for a bill that seeks to restore the teaching of good manners and right conduct (GMRC) in all schools nationwide.

Kinder teachers welcome their students during their first day of class in President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School today, June 04, 2018 in Batasan, Quezon City. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu)
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / File Photo MANILA BULLETIN)

Lacson said teaching GMRC as a separate subject is a must especially since many young Filipinos are already exposed to the negative influences of technology.

The senator pointed out that high-tech gadgets and devices may teach new things to many Filipino children and youths, but good manners and right conduct may not be among them.

That is why, Lacson said he filed a measure, Senate Bill No. 1185, which seeks to teach GMRC to young Filipinos especially during their formative years from Kindergarten to Grade 3.

“In order to create a balance, it is necessary for our educational system to aid the Filipino family in imparting good manners and right conduct to our young students by its inclusion in the curriculum at the beginning of their school years,” Lacson said in the explanatory note of the bill.

The senator also noted how modern technology threatens to impact the social skills and manners of Filipino youth.

He said even Education Secretary Leonor Briones has warned that “technology without good manners is a disaster” as empathy, compassion and humanity cannot be learned in an “online or technology-driven pedagogy.”

He said the measure aims to balance the effects of gadgets and devices by honing the youths’ attitude, values and perception with GMRC during their formative years.

According to Lacson, teaching GMRC shall inculcate among the students the concepts of “human dignity, respect for oneself and giving oneself to others in the spirit of community, for the effective and holistic development of the decision-making skills of the child.”

Under the bill, the curriculum shall also focus on the basics of GMRC including caring for oneself, giving concern for others, according proper respect to people, upholding discipline and order, cultivating sincerity, honesty, obedience, and love for country.

“Taking into account the Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao curriculum of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-12 program, the GMRC curriculum is hereby institutionalized and shall be designated as a separate subject to be taught in Kindergarten to Grade 3 levels,” Lacson said.

He also added that the teaching method shall be actual or situational instead of just conceptual, “so students can directly relate to the lessons and practice them.”

Other senators who backed the restoration of the GMRC in school curriculum are Senators Sherwin Gatchalian, Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and Joel Villanueva.

 
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Lacson joins move to restore GMRC subject in schools

Published November 24, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Hannah Torregoza

Senator Panfilo Lacson has joined other lawmakers in pushing for a bill that seeks to restore the teaching of good manners and right conduct (GMRC) in all schools nationwide.

Kinder teachers welcome their students during their first day of class in President Corazon C. Aquino Elementary School today, June 04, 2018 in Batasan, Quezon City. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu)
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / File Photo MANILA BULLETIN)

Lacson said teaching GMRC as a separate subject is a must especially since many young Filipinos are already exposed to the negative influences of technology.

The senator pointed out that high-tech gadgets and devices may teach new things to many Filipino children and youths, but good manners and right conduct may not be among them.

That is why, Lacson said he filed a measure, Senate Bill No. 1185, which seeks to teach GMRC to young Filipinos especially during their formative years from Kindergarten to Grade 3.

“In order to create a balance, it is necessary for our educational system to aid the Filipino family in imparting good manners and right conduct to our young students by its inclusion in the curriculum at the beginning of their school years,” Lacson said in the explanatory note of the bill.

The senator also noted how modern technology threatens to impact the social skills and manners of Filipino youth.

He said even Education Secretary Leonor Briones has warned that “technology without good manners is a disaster” as empathy, compassion and humanity cannot be learned in an “online or technology-driven pedagogy.”

He said the measure aims to balance the effects of gadgets and devices by honing the youths’ attitude, values and perception with GMRC during their formative years.

According to Lacson, teaching GMRC shall inculcate among the students the concepts of “human dignity, respect for oneself and giving oneself to others in the spirit of community, for the effective and holistic development of the decision-making skills of the child.”

Under the bill, the curriculum shall also focus on the basics of GMRC including caring for oneself, giving concern for others, according proper respect to people, upholding discipline and order, cultivating sincerity, honesty, obedience, and love for country.

“Taking into account the Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao curriculum of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-12 program, the GMRC curriculum is hereby institutionalized and shall be designated as a separate subject to be taught in Kindergarten to Grade 3 levels,” Lacson said.

He also added that the teaching method shall be actual or situational instead of just conceptual, “so students can directly relate to the lessons and practice them.”

Other senators who backed the restoration of the GMRC in school curriculum are Senators Sherwin Gatchalian, Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and Joel Villanueva.

 
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