levity: (inconceivable!)
Graduation was fantastic, never mind what time it started and where it was held and how hungry we all were by the time everything was over and done with, and it wasn't fantastic because it was our graduation. It wouldn't have been anywhere as fantastic without the missing hats and the malunggay brownies and the blank pieces of paper we got after four years' worth of blood and sweat and tears and our drunken rendition of the Philippine Science Hymn and me falling into the pool.

Say what you like about culminating activities, but it isn't our graduation that's fantastic. It's us.
levity: (inconceivable!)
Graduation was fantastic, never mind what time it started and where it was held and how hungry we all were by the time everything was over and done with, and it wasn't fantastic because it was our graduation. It wouldn't have been anywhere as fantastic without the missing hats and the malunggay brownies and the blank pieces of paper we got after four years' worth of blood and sweat and tears and our drunken rendition of the Philippine Science Hymn and me falling into the pool.

Say what you like about culminating activities, but it isn't our graduation that's fantastic. It's us.
levity: (Jolteon and Togepi)
Not only are there no happy endings, there aren't even any endings.

But who's going to believe that on our graduation day?

Congratulations to us all. Because really, it's about time.
levity: (Jolteon and Togepi)
Not only are there no happy endings, there aren't even any endings.

But who's going to believe that on our graduation day?

Congratulations to us all. Because really, it's about time.
levity: (J. Alfred Prufrock)
Well, one or two, maybe. But miles nonetheless. XD

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I didnt know that there was such a thing as a mark of a PSHS chaplain. XD

Much as I complain about the weather and walking around in high heels with disintegrating cork paddings and clearance and the time it takes for the College of Med to release the Intarmed interview results and Andrew Ale Fajardo, the fact remains that they managed to do something that two and a half days of Terry Pratchett could not, and that is turn the girl I have been trying to deal with for the past week back into the girl who wants to live forever because the next world is nothing like this one and this one is all shades of awesome.

It looked like a wedding, our baccalaureate did. Theres something about an altar white chairs and falling flowers and a garden setting and sunlight falling like golden syrup over the grass that inevitably reminds one of a wedding, never mind that the grass was soccer-field carabao grass and that the altar was under the goal posts.

Madam Perez always says a few words. Sometimes a few is too many.

Gians prayer I liked. It was more like a speech than it was like any prayer Ive ever heard. I suppose thats a good thing, if only because prayers get repetitive. (Then again, so do speeches. But still.)

We deserve an award for research- for holding the dual records of donating the most glassware to the STR Unit and (in one way or another) affecting the results of the rest of the batchs projects. I suppose the Unit decided that that would encourage students to sabotage either their or others projects, even though we are, by unanimous decision, the batchs most dedicated researchers. If given a choice Id pick the infamy over the awards, wouldnt you?

Why do people talk to us about the real world as though it were some abstract idea, like hard work or seriousness, that would hit us later on in life, whenever that later on in life might be? This is the real world. The anger the sadness the laughter the bitterness the triumph the pain the madness. You dont feel it later on as much as you do now. Later on everything will be diluted by the need for stability and a ready income and a sane family life and security. Later on you will be walking with your eyes closed, relying on what you know and what you have learned, no more shocks and no more expectations and no more waiting and hoping and believing in something so much youre willing to get an IR for it. Nothing you have learned is as real as it is while you were learning it, life lessons included.

Pisay. We cant leave it, not really. Because Pisay isnt just in the cluster of buildings and trees and overgrown grass somewhere along Agham Road (though it will never be quite the same without the distinct smell of the creek). Pisay is us- the classmates, the sleeping habits, the crammed homeworks, the lessons learned. No matter what you say, do, or learn, there will always be that small bit of Pisay- a teacher or a friend or a line from a math exam- hiding there at the back of your mind, ready to burst into song whenever you hear the word derive or see the car company logo that is shaped like a hexagon.

Graduation is defined in two ways- one is a ceremony during which people who have successfully completed a course are rewarded for their efforts, and the other is a marking on a container used for measuring volumes. Our graduation is tomorrow, and I only wonder who is doing the measuring.
levity: (J. Alfred Prufrock)
Well, one or two, maybe. But miles nonetheless. XD

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I didnt know that there was such a thing as a mark of a PSHS chaplain. XD

Much as I complain about the weather and walking around in high heels with disintegrating cork paddings and clearance and the time it takes for the College of Med to release the Intarmed interview results and Andrew Ale Fajardo, the fact remains that they managed to do something that two and a half days of Terry Pratchett could not, and that is turn the girl I have been trying to deal with for the past week back into the girl who wants to live forever because the next world is nothing like this one and this one is all shades of awesome.

It looked like a wedding, our baccalaureate did. Theres something about an altar white chairs and falling flowers and a garden setting and sunlight falling like golden syrup over the grass that inevitably reminds one of a wedding, never mind that the grass was soccer-field carabao grass and that the altar was under the goal posts.

Madam Perez always says a few words. Sometimes a few is too many.

Gians prayer I liked. It was more like a speech than it was like any prayer Ive ever heard. I suppose thats a good thing, if only because prayers get repetitive. (Then again, so do speeches. But still.)

We deserve an award for research- for holding the dual records of donating the most glassware to the STR Unit and (in one way or another) affecting the results of the rest of the batchs projects. I suppose the Unit decided that that would encourage students to sabotage either their or others projects, even though we are, by unanimous decision, the batchs most dedicated researchers. If given a choice Id pick the infamy over the awards, wouldnt you?

Why do people talk to us about the real world as though it were some abstract idea, like hard work or seriousness, that would hit us later on in life, whenever that later on in life might be? This is the real world. The anger the sadness the laughter the bitterness the triumph the pain the madness. You dont feel it later on as much as you do now. Later on everything will be diluted by the need for stability and a ready income and a sane family life and security. Later on you will be walking with your eyes closed, relying on what you know and what you have learned, no more shocks and no more expectations and no more waiting and hoping and believing in something so much youre willing to get an IR for it. Nothing you have learned is as real as it is while you were learning it, life lessons included.

Pisay. We cant leave it, not really. Because Pisay isnt just in the cluster of buildings and trees and overgrown grass somewhere along Agham Road (though it will never be quite the same without the distinct smell of the creek). Pisay is us- the classmates, the sleeping habits, the crammed homeworks, the lessons learned. No matter what you say, do, or learn, there will always be that small bit of Pisay- a teacher or a friend or a line from a math exam- hiding there at the back of your mind, ready to burst into song whenever you hear the word derive or see the car company logo that is shaped like a hexagon.

Graduation is defined in two ways- one is a ceremony during which people who have successfully completed a course are rewarded for their efforts, and the other is a marking on a container used for measuring volumes. Our graduation is tomorrow, and I only wonder who is doing the measuring.
levity: (Default)
We have all gone a long way.

Two weeks ago, there was an angry, illogical, and not-very-well written letter. It was about allowing people who got a grade of 5 in math to take the removal exams so they could get one last chance to graduate. It claimed that the adjustment the teachers made to the students' tentative grades were unfair, because this adjustment did not give everyone the chance to take the removals. It was posted on the Batch 09 PTA Yahoo Group. (That was back when their archives were public, when students could look at what their parents were talking about and laugh at the occasional misspelled word or grammar mistake, when anyone could get the useful information regarding events in the school without having the privilege of mucking everything up. It was a wise move, keeping the PTA archives public- not only did it enable kids check their schedules in the middle of the night without waking up their classmates, it also showed the world that their group had nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide.)

Since said letter was angry and contained insults towards two very well-loved math teachers, it spread. Its being on a public domain probably helped, as did the mention of lawsuits and the fabled "norture" which will in time no doubt become a Pisay legend. It ignored several facts, among which was the fact that the kids complained about the teachers' tests and not about the teachers, and the fact that Batch 09 has been infamous for kicking out the teachers that showed any sign of incompetence (or at least for complaining about them until their parents start filing lawsuits to get their kids to shut up). It also ignored basic grammar rules, but that's beyond the point.

The letter did nothing, really, save for insult the Almighty Math Unit and earn the ire of everyone who read it while in possession of his or her mental abilities. (Many parents agreed with the writer of the letter, though, which certainly says something.) The students who got a 5 did not take the removals, the parents blustered, the graduating students practiced their grad song, and all was well with the world.

Well, that was before the list of graduates was finalized, the teachers walked out, and the petition started.

The people who failed 1/3 of their subjects in the fourth year were allowed to graduate. The rules say they should not have been allowed to. The people who got 5s were not allowed to graduate. The rules say they should not have been allowed to. The current ruling is Pagbigyan mo na ang mga na-1/3 rule, pinagbigyan na nga sila ng trustees. Or even, dapat ipa-graduate yung mga naka-5, para fair.

That would be okay, if we took the same considerations for those who were kicked out for the same reasons every year.

That would even be okay if the Board of Trustees determined that their grades went down the toilet for a real reason and that a Board should be human sometimes, and if the teachers agreed with the Board in this respect.

But things didn't work that way. It is not known why the Board decided to ignore the testimonies of teachers and students and decide to bend a rule that has previously been implmented without mercy.

It's not likely to be because of compassion. I don't know if it has anything to do with previously mentioned angry parent's lawyers, though.

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This is how schools work:

The teachers are there to teach both textbook lessons and life lessons. The students are there to learn from their teachers, teach their teachers, think, ask, and live. The Admin is there to make rules that make sense, and make sure that breaking them has consequences. They say it's to uphold standards, but I think it's because having a bunch of intelligent creatures too proud to bother to listen to the standards of others around you is bad for your health.

When the Admin doesn't do its job, there has to be someone to bribe, coerce, and prod it into doing so. In this case, it's the students. Are they being unfair? No, because the Admin is supposed to keep things fair. Are they being selfish? Not really- I don't think anyone wants those who should be kicked out to be kicked out just because they'd look awful in the grad pics. Proud? Yes, but then again most acts of goodness are really just acts of vanity.

Interpret as you will. I just think that this means the protesting students did learn after all.

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Ah, and yes. Hindi ko sasabihing huwag niyong awayin si Jejo. Sige, awayin niyo siya. The more violent the words and reasons, the better. Discussions tend to turn into fights and vice versa, and it'd be a shame to nip them in the bud.

But it'd be nice if your arguments consisted of something other than swearwords and insults. Logic will be a necessary tool in the future, and you may as well practice using it. Good grammar and a wide vocabulary would be a pleasant surprise, but I'm not counting on it.
levity: (Default)
We have all gone a long way.

Two weeks ago, there was an angry, illogical, and not-very-well written letter. It was about allowing people who got a grade of 5 in math to take the removal exams so they could get one last chance to graduate. It claimed that the adjustment the teachers made to the students' tentative grades were unfair, because this adjustment did not give everyone the chance to take the removals. It was posted on the Batch 09 PTA Yahoo Group. (That was back when their archives were public, when students could look at what their parents were talking about and laugh at the occasional misspelled word or grammar mistake, when anyone could get the useful information regarding events in the school without having the privilege of mucking everything up. It was a wise move, keeping the PTA archives public- not only did it enable kids check their schedules in the middle of the night without waking up their classmates, it also showed the world that their group had nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to hide.)

Since said letter was angry and contained insults towards two very well-loved math teachers, it spread. Its being on a public domain probably helped, as did the mention of lawsuits and the fabled "norture" which will in time no doubt become a Pisay legend. It ignored several facts, among which was the fact that the kids complained about the teachers' tests and not about the teachers, and the fact that Batch 09 has been infamous for kicking out the teachers that showed any sign of incompetence (or at least for complaining about them until their parents start filing lawsuits to get their kids to shut up). It also ignored basic grammar rules, but that's beyond the point.

The letter did nothing, really, save for insult the Almighty Math Unit and earn the ire of everyone who read it while in possession of his or her mental abilities. (Many parents agreed with the writer of the letter, though, which certainly says something.) The students who got a 5 did not take the removals, the parents blustered, the graduating students practiced their grad song, and all was well with the world.

Well, that was before the list of graduates was finalized, the teachers walked out, and the petition started.

The people who failed 1/3 of their subjects in the fourth year were allowed to graduate. The rules say they should not have been allowed to. The people who got 5s were not allowed to graduate. The rules say they should not have been allowed to. The current ruling is Pagbigyan mo na ang mga na-1/3 rule, pinagbigyan na nga sila ng trustees. Or even, dapat ipa-graduate yung mga naka-5, para fair.

That would be okay, if we took the same considerations for those who were kicked out for the same reasons every year.

That would even be okay if the Board of Trustees determined that their grades went down the toilet for a real reason and that a Board should be human sometimes, and if the teachers agreed with the Board in this respect.

But things didn't work that way. It is not known why the Board decided to ignore the testimonies of teachers and students and decide to bend a rule that has previously been implmented without mercy.

It's not likely to be because of compassion. I don't know if it has anything to do with previously mentioned angry parent's lawyers, though.

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This is how schools work:

The teachers are there to teach both textbook lessons and life lessons. The students are there to learn from their teachers, teach their teachers, think, ask, and live. The Admin is there to make rules that make sense, and make sure that breaking them has consequences. They say it's to uphold standards, but I think it's because having a bunch of intelligent creatures too proud to bother to listen to the standards of others around you is bad for your health.

When the Admin doesn't do its job, there has to be someone to bribe, coerce, and prod it into doing so. In this case, it's the students. Are they being unfair? No, because the Admin is supposed to keep things fair. Are they being selfish? Not really- I don't think anyone wants those who should be kicked out to be kicked out just because they'd look awful in the grad pics. Proud? Yes, but then again most acts of goodness are really just acts of vanity.

Interpret as you will. I just think that this means the protesting students did learn after all.

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Ah, and yes. Hindi ko sasabihing huwag niyong awayin si Jejo. Sige, awayin niyo siya. The more violent the words and reasons, the better. Discussions tend to turn into fights and vice versa, and it'd be a shame to nip them in the bud.

But it'd be nice if your arguments consisted of something other than swearwords and insults. Logic will be a necessary tool in the future, and you may as well practice using it. Good grammar and a wide vocabulary would be a pleasant surprise, but I'm not counting on it.
levity: (Puck)
Rules are there, as Terry Pratchett says, so that you think twice before breaking them.

If you break them, chances are, there will be consequences.

If you break them while in the possession of that knowledge, chances are, you'll be prepared to accept those consequences. You may be surprised that the law actually does something, or that Ma'am Chups is ten times as vigilant as Sir Talaue was, or you may not, but there's no denying that you're not ready with an alibi if ever.

If the consequences you receive don't correspond to the rules, there's not much point in making said rules in the first place.

If I read the phrase "a true friend" one more time I will be sick.
levity: (Puck)
Rules are there, as Terry Pratchett says, so that you think twice before breaking them.

If you break them, chances are, there will be consequences.

If you break them while in the possession of that knowledge, chances are, you'll be prepared to accept those consequences. You may be surprised that the law actually does something, or that Ma'am Chups is ten times as vigilant as Sir Talaue was, or you may not, but there's no denying that you're not ready with an alibi if ever.

If the consequences you receive don't correspond to the rules, there's not much point in making said rules in the first place.

If I read the phrase "a true friend" one more time I will be sick.
levity: (Puck)
Sagot niya sa post ni Tricia:

"ganito na ang turo sa pisay ngayon eh.

ok lang na bumagsak ka na sa lahat ng subjects mo!! kahit lagpas kalahati ka na, ok lang. siguraduhin mo lang na may connections at power ka ha?? basta naman, wag ka lang magsingko. kasi kahit ilang uno pa yang card mo.... isang singko lang mas mabigat na sa sandamakmak na 2.75 mo.

ay, wait lang. tinuturuan din pala tayong maging masamang tao ano? sayang. dapat hindi tayo nagpakabait. hindi pala kasama sa pshs diploma ang pagiging mabait. tutal... may pagagawin lang naman yata satin na extra work sa clearance weeks. pero ok lang! at least gagraduate.

at kahit ilang beses pa tayo babalaan na nasa panganib na ang scholarship status... kahit buong stay mo ng pisay ay aware ka nang nasa panganib ka --- don't worry!! nagjojoke lang sila. hindi mangyayari yan no."

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Mas panalo pa si Sir Arghs.


Turns out, we were fighting a system which rewards both good work and bad behavior. Hell, it even rewards bad work, if you could believe that. And the bottom line? I really don’t know. Perhaps, in this empowered age, schools have become more timid regarding lawyers and their suits. Schools have made a devil’s bargain these days, not wanting to face the courts and instead taking the easy way out, even if they are right. Never mind if it means negating all the values that their teachers try to impart to the students. Never mind that by turning a blind eye, they are allowing “monsters” to graduate as the press declared during the height of the school’s poisoning case. Never mind that their teachers are being disrespected not only by their students but also by the parents of some students. Never mind if everyone in school loses his or her credibility. Never mind if the heart and soul and mind of a school are relegated to the sidelines and made to watch the body die of cancer. Those things are more convenient than facing a lawsuit.

That’s the defining thing in this age: Convenience.



And:



When idealism is that time between waking up and brushing your teeth, when teachers can get away with racist statements in the classroom simply because they’re permanent, when you get told that your opinions matter less just because you’re a member of the junior faculty, when you get bamboozled mainly because the number of years you have as a teacher is less than half of some of your colleagues, when students still graduate despite their grievous offenses and dismal academic records, when rules are simply guidelines one day and guidelines become rules the next day, when black and white are simply components of grey, when NORTURE rhymes with torture, when you’re more afraid of lawyers than producing “monsters”, when might becomes right, when injustice is synonymous with convenience, when rules are swept away like the Sahara redraws its territory at the end of the day, when the school you love and serve is simply a shadow of the country you live in when it could have been so much more, when nothing makes sense anymore but everything still makes sense, you can come up with one conclusion about your school: I’ve always thought I was in a different place, apparently, this is Africa, too.

levity: (Puck)
Sagot niya sa post ni Tricia:

"ganito na ang turo sa pisay ngayon eh.

ok lang na bumagsak ka na sa lahat ng subjects mo!! kahit lagpas kalahati ka na, ok lang. siguraduhin mo lang na may connections at power ka ha?? basta naman, wag ka lang magsingko. kasi kahit ilang uno pa yang card mo.... isang singko lang mas mabigat na sa sandamakmak na 2.75 mo.

ay, wait lang. tinuturuan din pala tayong maging masamang tao ano? sayang. dapat hindi tayo nagpakabait. hindi pala kasama sa pshs diploma ang pagiging mabait. tutal... may pagagawin lang naman yata satin na extra work sa clearance weeks. pero ok lang! at least gagraduate.

at kahit ilang beses pa tayo babalaan na nasa panganib na ang scholarship status... kahit buong stay mo ng pisay ay aware ka nang nasa panganib ka --- don't worry!! nagjojoke lang sila. hindi mangyayari yan no."

---

Mas panalo pa si Sir Arghs.


Turns out, we were fighting a system which rewards both good work and bad behavior. Hell, it even rewards bad work, if you could believe that. And the bottom line? I really don’t know. Perhaps, in this empowered age, schools have become more timid regarding lawyers and their suits. Schools have made a devil’s bargain these days, not wanting to face the courts and instead taking the easy way out, even if they are right. Never mind if it means negating all the values that their teachers try to impart to the students. Never mind that by turning a blind eye, they are allowing “monsters” to graduate as the press declared during the height of the school’s poisoning case. Never mind that their teachers are being disrespected not only by their students but also by the parents of some students. Never mind if everyone in school loses his or her credibility. Never mind if the heart and soul and mind of a school are relegated to the sidelines and made to watch the body die of cancer. Those things are more convenient than facing a lawsuit.

That’s the defining thing in this age: Convenience.



And:



When idealism is that time between waking up and brushing your teeth, when teachers can get away with racist statements in the classroom simply because they’re permanent, when you get told that your opinions matter less just because you’re a member of the junior faculty, when you get bamboozled mainly because the number of years you have as a teacher is less than half of some of your colleagues, when students still graduate despite their grievous offenses and dismal academic records, when rules are simply guidelines one day and guidelines become rules the next day, when black and white are simply components of grey, when NORTURE rhymes with torture, when you’re more afraid of lawyers than producing “monsters”, when might becomes right, when injustice is synonymous with convenience, when rules are swept away like the Sahara redraws its territory at the end of the day, when the school you love and serve is simply a shadow of the country you live in when it could have been so much more, when nothing makes sense anymore but everything still makes sense, you can come up with one conclusion about your school: I’ve always thought I was in a different place, apparently, this is Africa, too.

levity: (Puck)
I'm just wondering- why the sudden change of heart? Whereas there was talk of lawyers and court orders- there is now a respect for a decision. What changed? And what was supposedly a school issue is now a private matter? Just wondering... .


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This parent's group was formed as a support base for the students. (There were a lot of times when I felt that the parents were going overboard. Just doing too much for the students would lessen their chance for more life experiences; delving too much into their affairs lessens their independence. I believe I've been quite vocal about that.)
Anyway, as a support base for the students, it should also complement the standards and ideals of the school, both academically and morally; upholding excellence and justice at all times.

************ ****

Schools have rules to set the standard for behavior and performance. We choose the schools we send our children to, based on the preconceived level of learning and experiences we expect the school to provide our children. Expected excellence and learning go hand in hand with rules and standards. We cannot claim to support the school if we do anything to make them lower their standards to accommodate our wishes.

************ ******

Students are given ten months worth of CHANCE to study and learn. Removals are given to those who took a bit of time and effort to do that.

************ *******

From the very first day we knew of Pisay- we knew of its standards and the pressure that would go with privilege of being scholars. From the very first letter and interview- we knew of its academic rules, the failing marks, the 1/3 rule, the IRs. I just couldn't fathom why we suddenly complain "foul" now! I think the teachers on their own realized the "unfairness" of the Math final exam, thus they changed the weight given to it. Sensible enough not to let 90% of the students fail the finals. All the noise after it just lowered the morale of the whole school, students included. If the teachers were truly tormenting the students-hindi ba nagtataka yung parents why the students are still on the side of the teachers?? Please don't forget- our children are intelligent. I just don't know the lessons this episode has imparted to them. If the result is not to your liking- cry "foul" and intimidate the authorities with the might of even higher authorities? Following the rules will teach them fairness and justice and the virtue of hard work. We as a people have not learned that from our justice system- look at Marcos and Erap and Gloria- all have stolen us blind- and not one of them behind bars. Sana naman sa loob ng paaralan- matutunan nila ito, ang hustisya- at lalong sana , na hindi sa mga magulang manggaling ang mga maling leksyon

I've just signed the petition I've sent you. it was authored by a student from batch '09. I believe most of them just want things to be "fair". Rules are rules.
What will become of rules if their implementation becomes arbitrary? And what will become of pisay?


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Maraming salamat,
Alice

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I'm not glad that Mother has common sense. If she didn't, I would have been the one replying, which would have gotten my mouth into trouble. But it would have been fun. XD

Fair is fair. We put in four years of blood and tears and sweat for our diplomas, or at least we put in four years of trying to remember to put in blood and tears and sweat, even if it was only after playing Counter Strike or Harvest Moon. Now, it's not fair for me to say that they didn't. For all we know, maybe they did. Maybe they had problems at home we weren't privy to. Maybe they put in honest effort, only to find that they weren't good enough.

But even if you have problems, you learn to cope. Everyone has problems- if you can't get what you need to get done, you suffer the consequences. (And you don't even have to! If you're not a senior you can appeal for another chance, only to flush your grades down the proverbial toilet the next year, because they'll let you appeal a second time, and even a third! All that is asked of you is to get things done right in your last year!) If you weren't good enough, you wouldn't be in the school in the first place. If luck was on your side when you took the exam, you'd have been kicked out at least by third year. (To tell you the truth, luck isn't likely to hold out for an exam, much less for en entire school year- ask any Pisay scholar.)

The rules are unfair? Maybe. But you don't change them at the last minute, ten days before graduation- or, if you do, you don't have the new rules apply to the graduating batch. Neither do you try to get teachers students like kicked out in the process, of course, but that's beyond the point.

As William Goldman says, life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all. Only I have this strange feeling that we should be doing all we can to make it fair, especially when the rules are set and all you have to do is follow them.
levity: (Puck)
I'm just wondering- why the sudden change of heart? Whereas there was talk of lawyers and court orders- there is now a respect for a decision. What changed? And what was supposedly a school issue is now a private matter? Just wondering... .


************ ****

This parent's group was formed as a support base for the students. (There were a lot of times when I felt that the parents were going overboard. Just doing too much for the students would lessen their chance for more life experiences; delving too much into their affairs lessens their independence. I believe I've been quite vocal about that.)
Anyway, as a support base for the students, it should also complement the standards and ideals of the school, both academically and morally; upholding excellence and justice at all times.

************ ****

Schools have rules to set the standard for behavior and performance. We choose the schools we send our children to, based on the preconceived level of learning and experiences we expect the school to provide our children. Expected excellence and learning go hand in hand with rules and standards. We cannot claim to support the school if we do anything to make them lower their standards to accommodate our wishes.

************ ******

Students are given ten months worth of CHANCE to study and learn. Removals are given to those who took a bit of time and effort to do that.

************ *******

From the very first day we knew of Pisay- we knew of its standards and the pressure that would go with privilege of being scholars. From the very first letter and interview- we knew of its academic rules, the failing marks, the 1/3 rule, the IRs. I just couldn't fathom why we suddenly complain "foul" now! I think the teachers on their own realized the "unfairness" of the Math final exam, thus they changed the weight given to it. Sensible enough not to let 90% of the students fail the finals. All the noise after it just lowered the morale of the whole school, students included. If the teachers were truly tormenting the students-hindi ba nagtataka yung parents why the students are still on the side of the teachers?? Please don't forget- our children are intelligent. I just don't know the lessons this episode has imparted to them. If the result is not to your liking- cry "foul" and intimidate the authorities with the might of even higher authorities? Following the rules will teach them fairness and justice and the virtue of hard work. We as a people have not learned that from our justice system- look at Marcos and Erap and Gloria- all have stolen us blind- and not one of them behind bars. Sana naman sa loob ng paaralan- matutunan nila ito, ang hustisya- at lalong sana , na hindi sa mga magulang manggaling ang mga maling leksyon

I've just signed the petition I've sent you. it was authored by a student from batch '09. I believe most of them just want things to be "fair". Rules are rules.
What will become of rules if their implementation becomes arbitrary? And what will become of pisay?


************ ****

Maraming salamat,
Alice

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I'm not glad that Mother has common sense. If she didn't, I would have been the one replying, which would have gotten my mouth into trouble. But it would have been fun. XD

Fair is fair. We put in four years of blood and tears and sweat for our diplomas, or at least we put in four years of trying to remember to put in blood and tears and sweat, even if it was only after playing Counter Strike or Harvest Moon. Now, it's not fair for me to say that they didn't. For all we know, maybe they did. Maybe they had problems at home we weren't privy to. Maybe they put in honest effort, only to find that they weren't good enough.

But even if you have problems, you learn to cope. Everyone has problems- if you can't get what you need to get done, you suffer the consequences. (And you don't even have to! If you're not a senior you can appeal for another chance, only to flush your grades down the proverbial toilet the next year, because they'll let you appeal a second time, and even a third! All that is asked of you is to get things done right in your last year!) If you weren't good enough, you wouldn't be in the school in the first place. If luck was on your side when you took the exam, you'd have been kicked out at least by third year. (To tell you the truth, luck isn't likely to hold out for an exam, much less for en entire school year- ask any Pisay scholar.)

The rules are unfair? Maybe. But you don't change them at the last minute, ten days before graduation- or, if you do, you don't have the new rules apply to the graduating batch. Neither do you try to get teachers students like kicked out in the process, of course, but that's beyond the point.

As William Goldman says, life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all. Only I have this strange feeling that we should be doing all we can to make it fair, especially when the rules are set and all you have to do is follow them.
levity: (inconceivable!)
And I wonder why I have headaches whenever I edit their kids articles.



"The Math Department has been very generous with us considering the adjustments
they made with the results of their very challenging periodical exams. They
even let students with grade of 5 take the removals."

Dodie, the above statement is not true as I confirmed today that 2 students got
an outright grade of 5 in math and were not allowed to take the removal exam.

I talk to an affected parent and she told me that her daughter was never given a
chance to take the removal exams contrary to some disinformation going on that
her child was allowed but she did'nt turn up during the removal exam day.

In fact the parent told me, that she begged Mam Dinah to allow her child to take
the exam. She cried in front of the teacher for an hour asking for mercy. When
her daughter arrived her daughter also begged Mam Dinah to allow her to take the
exam. But the teachers reply was " Saan ko kukunin ang extra points mo? Ano ako
magician? " What is even more sad is that the student's raw score is 38.9 and
the cut off they set was 39.5 . Just 0.6 points away from the cut-off.

I was once a student of PSHS. I remember our teachers very well. They were very
strict and demanding, but they would go out of their way to norture us, guide us
and help us. If there is doubt regarding the capability of a student, they would
always decide in favor of the student. That has been the culture of the school.
The current crop of teachers specially the 2 teachers teaching 4th year are
different. I would say that they enjoy the idea of being student tormentors.

What is unacceptable, is the fact that they have incompetent teachers because
110 students of the graduating class have failing grades in Math after the end
of the third quarter. They also gave a terribly hard final exam, which I heard,
only less than 30 students passed. My God! What kind of teachers would give an
exam like that? A passing rate of 10% on a final exam.

I strongly believe that What happened to our students in Math is not a
reflection of poor student performance but rather teachers' performance
bordering on the incompetence. Knowing that the 50% of the students already have
failing grade in the third quarter. Why would a teacher in his/her right mind
give an exam that only 10% of the students would pass? Maybe the teachers are
not in their right mind.

Because of a very low passing rate, The Math Department then recalculated the
weights of the grades. The final exam was given a weight of 7% instead of 30%,
The NAT was given a weight of 22% etc.. The funny thing is that they had the
power to recompute the grades and yet, they did not give everybody an
opportunity to take the removal exam ! They acted like gods deciding on the fate
of some students and decided that two of our poor students do not deserve the
opportunity of a removal exam, instead the 2 students were given an outright
grade of 5. They made a conscious decision to destroy the future of this 2 kids.

Kawawa talaga. The parent of the child is a single mom, trying her very best to
give her children at least a decent education. And the gods in the math
department did not even consider giving her child, a chance that she desperately
needed.
They gave an absurd final exams. The child studied very hard for that final
exam. She was also present in the practice sessions that we organized. Her mom
cannot afford to hire her a special tutor, so her mom was very thankful of what
the PTA did. But it was all for useless. The child was never given a chance to
prove herself.

Another irony is that the child has been performing very well in all her other
subjects. She had better grades in almost all subjects compared to my son and
many other students that I know. Yet She was heavily punished by the Math
department just because her skills in math are not as good as her other skills.

If there are any parents out there specially lawyers, who feels as strongly as
how i feel about this grave injustice, please contact me privately, I need to
consult you. The culture of the teachers in PSHS is changing. Some teachers no
longer believe in norturing the students. Many are now starting to have this
devil may care attitude. I pity the next batches of students who will be under
them. These teachers have to be stop. Expelled from the school by court order if
necessary.


Sincerely Yours,


Ramon I. Castillo
President
PTA Batch 09


ps. My son passed Math without taking the removals and my son's grade in Math is
not the reason why I feel so strongly about this injustice.

I also have always been a strong supporter of the school. I have always been
active in projects that benefit the school. I have supported the school either
as part of Batch77 or through my company or through my own personal donation or
recently through our PTA. As an Alumnus I have a stake in ensuring that the
school continue to be succesful in its endeavor to norture bright young students
in the Math and Sciences. Recently I have heard many comments from parents that
they will no longer allow their younger child to take the entrance exam in PSHS,
I have heard new graduates who discourage others to aim for Pisay. If this trend
continue, our beloved school will no longer be able to attract the best of the
best.
levity: (inconceivable!)
And I wonder why I have headaches whenever I edit their kids articles.



"The Math Department has been very generous with us considering the adjustments
they made with the results of their very challenging periodical exams. They
even let students with grade of 5 take the removals."

Dodie, the above statement is not true as I confirmed today that 2 students got
an outright grade of 5 in math and were not allowed to take the removal exam.

I talk to an affected parent and she told me that her daughter was never given a
chance to take the removal exams contrary to some disinformation going on that
her child was allowed but she did'nt turn up during the removal exam day.

In fact the parent told me, that she begged Mam Dinah to allow her child to take
the exam. She cried in front of the teacher for an hour asking for mercy. When
her daughter arrived her daughter also begged Mam Dinah to allow her to take the
exam. But the teachers reply was " Saan ko kukunin ang extra points mo? Ano ako
magician? " What is even more sad is that the student's raw score is 38.9 and
the cut off they set was 39.5 . Just 0.6 points away from the cut-off.

I was once a student of PSHS. I remember our teachers very well. They were very
strict and demanding, but they would go out of their way to norture us, guide us
and help us. If there is doubt regarding the capability of a student, they would
always decide in favor of the student. That has been the culture of the school.
The current crop of teachers specially the 2 teachers teaching 4th year are
different. I would say that they enjoy the idea of being student tormentors.

What is unacceptable, is the fact that they have incompetent teachers because
110 students of the graduating class have failing grades in Math after the end
of the third quarter. They also gave a terribly hard final exam, which I heard,
only less than 30 students passed. My God! What kind of teachers would give an
exam like that? A passing rate of 10% on a final exam.

I strongly believe that What happened to our students in Math is not a
reflection of poor student performance but rather teachers' performance
bordering on the incompetence. Knowing that the 50% of the students already have
failing grade in the third quarter. Why would a teacher in his/her right mind
give an exam that only 10% of the students would pass? Maybe the teachers are
not in their right mind.

Because of a very low passing rate, The Math Department then recalculated the
weights of the grades. The final exam was given a weight of 7% instead of 30%,
The NAT was given a weight of 22% etc.. The funny thing is that they had the
power to recompute the grades and yet, they did not give everybody an
opportunity to take the removal exam ! They acted like gods deciding on the fate
of some students and decided that two of our poor students do not deserve the
opportunity of a removal exam, instead the 2 students were given an outright
grade of 5. They made a conscious decision to destroy the future of this 2 kids.

Kawawa talaga. The parent of the child is a single mom, trying her very best to
give her children at least a decent education. And the gods in the math
department did not even consider giving her child, a chance that she desperately
needed.
They gave an absurd final exams. The child studied very hard for that final
exam. She was also present in the practice sessions that we organized. Her mom
cannot afford to hire her a special tutor, so her mom was very thankful of what
the PTA did. But it was all for useless. The child was never given a chance to
prove herself.

Another irony is that the child has been performing very well in all her other
subjects. She had better grades in almost all subjects compared to my son and
many other students that I know. Yet She was heavily punished by the Math
department just because her skills in math are not as good as her other skills.

If there are any parents out there specially lawyers, who feels as strongly as
how i feel about this grave injustice, please contact me privately, I need to
consult you. The culture of the teachers in PSHS is changing. Some teachers no
longer believe in norturing the students. Many are now starting to have this
devil may care attitude. I pity the next batches of students who will be under
them. These teachers have to be stop. Expelled from the school by court order if
necessary.


Sincerely Yours,


Ramon I. Castillo
President
PTA Batch 09


ps. My son passed Math without taking the removals and my son's grade in Math is
not the reason why I feel so strongly about this injustice.

I also have always been a strong supporter of the school. I have always been
active in projects that benefit the school. I have supported the school either
as part of Batch77 or through my company or through my own personal donation or
recently through our PTA. As an Alumnus I have a stake in ensuring that the
school continue to be succesful in its endeavor to norture bright young students
in the Math and Sciences. Recently I have heard many comments from parents that
they will no longer allow their younger child to take the entrance exam in PSHS,
I have heard new graduates who discourage others to aim for Pisay. If this trend
continue, our beloved school will no longer be able to attract the best of the
best.
levity: (Default)
 I really should be sleeping. Or studying. Or posting the data of a while ago's activity. If I liked advertising I would probably post the data here and tell my classmates to visit. If.

But fortunately for them, they have no reason to come across this, ever.


"... and i wonder if you're happy or just glad to see me scarred
did my drunk compelled confessions sober up completing hard?
i am bending over backwards to get close to you but still i feel so far

because... you mean so much to me
and i wish that we could start it over, start it over
i don't need your sympathy or apologies
but still i'm staring in my coffee cup and it's six a. m.
and i cannot give up..."
levity: (Default)
 I really should be sleeping. Or studying. Or posting the data of a while ago's activity. If I liked advertising I would probably post the data here and tell my classmates to visit. If.

But fortunately for them, they have no reason to come across this, ever.


"... and i wonder if you're happy or just glad to see me scarred
did my drunk compelled confessions sober up completing hard?
i am bending over backwards to get close to you but still i feel so far

because... you mean so much to me
and i wish that we could start it over, start it over
i don't need your sympathy or apologies
but still i'm staring in my coffee cup and it's six a. m.
and i cannot give up..."

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