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So @Tiffa had just asked if our dear readers are in favor of the return of the ROTC and I am one of those who agree on this. My point is that in other countries, they mandate this as compulsory, these countries are mostly not third world countries and so why do we have to skip this?
Anyway, I am not sure though why the ROTC was no longer mandatory in high school, perhaps there were cases of abuse and I know this can't be avoided but if ever that is required again, I would encourage every single student not to be afraid but instead, to be excited about it.
But so far, there have been many negative reactions and comments about this possibility. There were intense words being thrown by several students even if this was still a plan.
True enough, the kids these days are very different from those back then during our time, it is indeed a different generation. I see kids these days as very entitled, and I believe that social media and the things we see online have a huge influence on them.
Also, a lot of these students are weak in terms of emotional and even physical aspects, I won't say sorry about this, this is my personal take and what I had observed. There are so many reports of students attempting to end their lives because of stress from studies, family issues, love life, and more. I do understand there are so many aspects to why they resorted to that but perhaps things would be different if these kids are exposed instead to personality improvement stuff, sports, community voluntarism, and more.
I am not generalizing and my heart goes to those who are going through hard times emotionally, but our society got to do whatever we can do to build young people who are strong and empowered.
As the cliche goes, it takes a village to raise a child. It is not just the parents' responsibility although they are the main ones who should initiate what's best for their children, our government, and our educational system has to do something too. After all, our children, our teenagers spend six to eight hours a day with our teachers and educators, given that they are already in a face-to-face situation at school. But what kids these days are into is all about social media and online games, unfortunately, again this may not be applicable to all.
Let’s admit it, there are disadvantages of too much exposure to the internet. This generation has been so exposed that they think that their lives depend on them. I heard of stories about students who won’t go to school without a cellphone, this was way before the pandemic though. There are others who are not answering their modules because they are busy memorizing Tiktok dance crazes.
Others are also into online games just like my niece. She’d go hiding in her blanket at night just so she could play Roblox or other games in secret, even after playing all day long. We had caught her watching these video logs online which are not suitable for her age, like the words being spoken are not good and we advised her to be cautious about what she's watching online.
I know the pandemic had caused these students to need to be in front of their computers or tablets but we can’t monitor them 24/7. It’s quite challenging and staying indoors as well is another cause of them just resorting to facing their digitals.
I must say that way back in high school, when I joined the ROTC, I felt like it was something that I have to overcome, a phase in my life that I was afraid about because of what the other students had shared, of experiencing pain during the training, getting harsh treatments from the higher ranking cadets but looking back, it was in fact a fun experience and with it, I had built camaraderie among my schoolmates, those who were ahead of us and of whom belong to different class sections, I get to become friends with them all.
Aside from that, I was able to develop and strengthen my physical strength. It is good training, it will surely give students a lot of lessons.
If you disagree with this, I respect your choice, this is just my point of view.