What it takes to give the best education to our children MANILA, Philippines — “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” So goes the timeless Whitney Houston ballad—a reminder of our responsibility to give the best education possible to our children. However, this may be easier “sang” than done. Even in this day and age, countless children around the globe face challenges in their education, their right. So what does it take to provide a well-rounded education that develops children’s values, personalities and skills, so that they become productive citizens or even leaders in the future? It takes a village, indeed. Everyone should do their part, from the parents at home to the teachers at school, and even individuals, institutions and governments of a nation. Like the saying goes, it does take a village to raise a child. Parents, teachers, institutions, and the … [Read more...] about What it takes to give the best education to our children
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It was the night of Feb. 7, my mother told me. I was fast asleep. There was a loud knocking and someone yelling in Japanese. She ran and carried me. “Let her sleep,” my father said, but she insisted. Japanese soldiers stormed in. They entered the room and slashed my crib with a bayonet but I was in my mother’s arms. Otherwise, I would not be here today. They took my father, uncle, grandfather and other males who were with us away. They shot them at the Masonic temple nearby. The men in our family never returned. We have no tombs for them. I was six months old. I grew up in a family of women but since the men were taken when I was a baby, I didn’t know them so I didn’t miss them. When I was three years old, we lived in the upper story of my Lola’s youngest sister, who was married to Nicanor Tomas, who worked at the Central Bank. One night Lola Dede and Lolo Nick were upstairs with us. I was talking to nobody in particular saying, “Didit, my … [Read more...] about A fatherless child
Tragedy of kids who died after falling from their home has struck again. In the latest case on June 4, a six-year-old girl plummeted 11 storeys down to the bottom of her HDB block at Ang Mo Kio. According to The Straits Times, a maid who lives in the opposite block said she heard the girl crying for her father about two hours before her fall. The maid, who gave her name only as Letecia, said: "She was crying for about 10 minutes at about 3pm. I could see her from the kitchen." She added that the window grilles in the kitchen were open. About an hour later, Ms Letecia, 53, heard the girl's cries again and saw her looking out of the kitchen window, seemingly in search of her father. The cries were heard again after 5pm when Ms Letecia was preparing dinner. This time, there was a loud sound before the cries suddenly stopped. When she looked out of the window, the girl was lying motionless on the ground, she said. It lead us to question: At what age is it appropriate for kids to be left … [Read more...] about Leaving kids alone at home: When is the right age?
Want to work for a company like Facebook Inc., Apple Inc. or Google? You’re hardly alone. Many tech companies offer their employees nearly every perk imaginable, from free meals and booze to on-site doctor and dentist appointments, gyms and haircuts to massages and fitness classes. Everything, that is, except the service that would help moms most: on-site child care. “Sure, you can bring your dog to work, but you are (mostly) on your own with your baby,” Bloomberg Technology anchor Emily Chang notes in her book “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley.” “That’s because Silicon Valley companies have largely been created in the image of their mostly young, mostly male, mostly childless founders.” Their food-, entertainment- and service-filled campuses enable and even encourage staffers to spend most of their waking hours at work, which works well for people like the young singles who helped create many tech … [Read more...] about Working moms need child care, not fun job perks
SINGAPORE: Every time freelance writer Clare Lee, 27, uses a changing room when trying on clothes in fashion outlets big and small, she will take a few minutes to inspect every nook and cranny in her cubicle for hidden cameras before feeling safe enough to undress herself.For 27-year-old Fiona, who did not want to give her full name, she will always double-check that the curtains in her bedroom or hotel are fully drawn such that there is not even a teeny-weeny gap for anyone to peek through, and steer clear of unattended baskets in supermarkets.Freelance content creator Hilary See, 27, would refrain from standing near the edge of the escalator where people can look up her skirt, and try to use either a bag or a file to cover the back of her skirt while climbing the stairs.With spycams and phone cameras taking voyeurism to unsavoury new heights, these women are among a growing number of people who have taken extra precautions to protect themselves and their private spaces.As Fiona, … [Read more...] about The Big Read: Singapore’s voyeurism problem – what’s wrong with men, or the world?