WHAT HAPPENED TO PROBITY?

As a teacher, I don’t demand much from my students except putting on their thinking caps, using their common sense and developing integrity. But even these seem quite a feat for the students nowadays. Lying comes easily to children; they have no qualms of stringing one lie after another. They turn into spin doctors with ease, unperturbed of the moral implications of their mendacity. They pat themselves on the back for a job well done but cry (crocodile tears I tell you) and beg for mercy when their fibs are exposed.

What got my goat this week was the pack of lies that a student had been telling his mother. His mother was under the impression that the teacher – me – was not doing her job because her son told her that he didn’t know what to study, there were no teaching materials and there was nothing to do in class. On top of the lies, he reneged on bringing the required business file which he promised he would; lied that he had no knowledge of the day and time of his tutorial session with me; and, worse, doodled away in class in the midst of a discussion of Act 1, Scene 1 of As You Like It. Can you say brazen?

Teachers have become the scapegoats of students who hide their ineptitude from their parents. Confronted with the lies, they’re brazen enough to deny them or put on a mask of angelic innocence in front of them. The masks disappear after the performance is done. What happened to probity? Is moral turpitude fast becoming the norm among the students of today? Copying off from a classmate’s essay and making up falsehoods are some of the skills that they have become masters of. They mistake belligerence for mental aptitude and cavalier attitude as coolness. Étienne Gilson would be greatly disheartened to learn that students no longer strive to reduce their ignorance.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by i_am_aoisoba on January 15, 2010 at 11:49 am

    This is a classic scene. I hope you got your name clear on this one

    Reply

    • Posted by rgarcellano on January 15, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      Yes, I did. I made sure of that plus the head of the program knows what I’ve been doing in my classes. Hmph!

      Reply

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