KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: For lack of discipline, disband NCAA, UAAP PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 11:40

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATION: “…Train the child in the way he should go, and he will not depart from it if he grows old…” (Proverbs 22:6, the Holy Bible).

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FOR LACK OF DISCIPLINE, DISBAND NCAA, UAAP: I said it before, and I will say it again: we should immediately disband the existing collegiate basketball associations among colleges and universities in Metro Manila, notably the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

The September 22, 2014 brawl between the athletes of the competing teams in the NCAA games that day (and similar brawls in the past in the NCAA and UAAP) proved, beyond reasonable doubt once more, the truth that our colleges and universities and their athletic associations have miserably failed in imparting moral values, and good manners and right conduct, on their students and athletes.

The NCAA and UAAP games are meant to develop sportsmanship, camaraderie, and turn students into well-rounded citizens. Yet, it is clear that these games have become fertile training grounds for selfishness and self-glorification, where victory should be achieved at all cost. The money that schools have been spending on these games are clearly wasted, and should now be channeled to more productive endeavors.

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WHY ARE ATHLETES RUDE? The bigger question here is this: why are our students and athletes behaving rudely? If one looks closely enough, lack of disciple and unruly behavior are no longer the monopoly of student-athletes. More and more of our present day students across the country have become wayward likewise, whether male or female.

Indeed, part of this problem could be attributed to a breakdown of school discipline, which breakdown on the other hand could be traced back to the removal of subjects like religion and good manners and right conduct from their curriculum, and to the castration, as it were, of the power of teachers and administrators to impose discipline on account of laws like the Juvenile Justice Law which punishes disciplinary measures with stiff penalties.

Come to think of it, however, the bigger part of the problem actually is caused by a family environment where the father and mother themselves lack discipline and moral moorings, where children are no longer taught about the fear and love of God but, owing to their exposure to visual and online media, imbibe instead views, perceptions, and conduct that are often disrespectful, violent, immoral and downright evil.

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INSISTING ON THE ONLY STANDARD OF BEHAVIOR: It is no wonder then that when these children go out of their homes and attend schools, or when it is already time for them to join society as adult citizens, they exhibit the lack of discipline and lack of spirituality and lack of righteousness that they grew up with. This is the reason why there is a general breakdown of discipline, and peace and order, in the country right now.

What can we do about this? For those who are still children at this point, it is time to immerse them once again on the fear and love of God, by a sustained instruction on good manners and right conduct that is based on spirituality and godly principles, principally from the Bible. For the grown-ups, they could do the same thing, but this can be achieved only by engaging in Bible reading and meditation and obedience, on a daily basis.

The call therefore is for parents and school authorities to aggressively pursue a program for spiritual birth among our children, and even among other more adult members of the family, of our neighborhood, of our workplaces, and everywhere we may find ourselves in. This can be done by insisting on the Word of God as the only standard by which we think, talk, and act.

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REACTIONS? Please call me at 0917 984 24 68, 0918 574 0193, 0922 833 4396. Email: melaniolazomauriciojr@outlook.com, mmauriciojr111@gmail.com, batasmauricio@yahoo.com.