Be the change you want to see in this world.

On Idealism principles, certain attributes must be in possession with the teacher.

  • The teacher is expected to be a person upholding culture’s highest values.
  • The teacher must be learned in the subject matter.
  • The teacher must have to the highest degree, a disposition worthy of emulation.
  • The teacher must respect the student’s spiritual nature and character.
  • The teacher must assist the student in realizing his full potential and true essence.

How in the world, in an idealist’s perspective, can the students be effectively motivated in line with the carefully guided principles?

Idealism is not hard to follow. What’s hard is to find a teacher who rightly fits the criterion. But as long as the teacher is open to spiritual awakening and universal truths, everything will suitably follow.

Motivation in an idealist’s viewpoint would be recognizing the student/ individual’s personal beliefs and personality. Then, we start from there. Through respect of the student’s own individuality, the teacher can now somewhat easily delve in to the child’s personal and academic development. Key is to understand the student well. Try to capture the child’s trust and make him realize that his own opinions and concerns count. Help the child to discover his own potential, strengths and talents. Engage the child in challenging and probing truths about life, reality and his ultimate purpose.

As I grew up, I personally had my own self realizations and conclusions as well. Most of these reflections happened in school. Surprisingly, most of these realizations rooted from the idealism principle of Supernatural destiny and self-worth. I began to have deeper insights and recall of these reflections when I attended Fr. O’Donnell’s class about knowing the real truth and essence of life. I then realized more that being able to understand these ideals clearly helps in making us better individuals in front of the society, in our family, in ourselves and in front of God. I thought that if it happened to me, then might as well, it might happen to others too. It became clear to me that making a child or an individual realize his spiritual quintessence plays a major part of changing the person for the better. It motivates the student to be more conscious of his or her own actions and doings. It makes the student more inclined TO BE BETTER because he realizes the presence of God. And through that belief of God’s presence, the student becomes a much better person acting and reasoning according to the Supernatural and to what’s proper. If a child will be able to realize the presence of the universal truth, God and his Supernatural destiny, everything will be according to what’s right. The student will be motivated to do what’s correct and rightful to his surroundings.

Student motivation based on idealism is one of the most important things an educator must consider. A deep realization of God makes it clear to the student that we, human beings have this Supernatural being inside us that we should take care of and thus gives us essence. If these principles of rationale will be emphasized to the child (and will be effective in that sense), it will be somewhat easy for us to effect well-rounded individuals. Remember that everything that is good is attributed to God. Should the child realize that there is a God, everything will eventually fall right into place because this child will be enlightened, hence, will let him come to the realization that he has found his purpose in life which is God.

Having said, I just want to go down to my end point of clarifying that I think students will be motivated if they realize their own potential, talents and essence. They will be driven more if they know that these things learned in school will be important and useful to them and in the world they live in. It now goes down to the conclusion that the teacher must BRING OUT THE BEST from the students. Should this be created, positive and favourable outcomes in student interest will be achieved.

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What is the influence of Idealism in Philippine education today?

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In times like these, prayer is what we need.

Personally, I was a product of Catholic schools all throughout. Raised in a Catholic environment (family, school, neighbourhood), I was so used to Idealism principles. I’ve seen that Idealism largely affects/ influences Philippine education. Some of the reasons may be due to the fact that

  • There are more Catholics and Christians in our country.
  • Many of us are greatly moved by our own religion.
  •  We, ourselves seek to live lives that are morally excellent.

Perhaps there may be other reasons behind the great influences of Idealism but I suppose that it is mainly due to our FAITH and unwavering belief in the Supernatural/ GOD.

For me, it’s great that Idealism massively influences Philippine education. Since Idealism is basically about the reality that lies in the spiritual realm and in the unfolding universal source, people who tend to lean to its’ principles become good embodiments of the society. I’m NOT saying that ALL who rest on Idealism principles are good, but, since Idealism cultivates morally excellent persons who acted according to reason, then, it’s fair enough to say that their principles are rather good and for the betterment of the society especially to the various individuals in it.

In some schools guided by spiritual/ religious norms, Idealism may be viewed as a gauge to:

  • Help the students to be in line with their Supernatural destiny.
  • Effect individuals in conformity with the norm of morality.
  • Bring about students/ individuals who can be great citizens in their future life.
  • Raise morally excellent individuals in who acted according to reason.
  •  Awaken the individual’s innate talents, gifts, mission and spiritual essence.
  • Make the individual realize that there is a GOD. That he/ she should live, act and reason according to God’s will, for God and for the betterment of others.

I noticed that schools that were influenced by Idealism are schools who injected religion/ spiritual beliefs in the school curriculum and program. Some of the spiritual involvements were: Prayers were inserted (in our case, we have the Angelus, novena to St. Michael, prayer at the start of the class, etc.), Recollections and retreats annually for self-reflection and spiritual rejuvenation, First Friday mass, Baccalaureate mass before graduation, Grading in the good moral and right conduct, huge weight on the student’s conduct, etc.

Then again, I can see that Idealism is something that we cannot do without. Its’ influences are of great importance to our students and personally to us teachers as well as it serves as a benchmark for us to draw the line between the temporal-physical world reality and the universal-spiritual realm reality.

Idealism helps us return to (or sometimes bring us back to) our sanity and aids us to reflect on what makes us human beings. Idealism’s influences make us realize our real and true essence.