How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler (1939)

The best teachers are the ones who make the fewest pretensions…. Perhaps, if we teacheres were more honest about our own reading disabilities, less loath to reveal how hard it is for us to read and how often we fumble, we might get the students interested in the game of learning instead of the game of passing. (p. 13)

When teachers no longer know how to perform the function of reading books with their students, they are forced to lecture at them instead. (p.57)

Reading is better or worse according as it is more or less active. (p.22)

What one man requires little or no effort may demand genuine exertion for another. (p.29)

Most of us do not know what the limits of our comprehension are. We have never tired to our powers to the full. It is my honest belief that almost all the greta books in every field are within the grasp of all normally intelligent man. (p.30)

Hobbes said: “If I read as man books as most men” –he meant “misread”–“I should be as dull-witted as they.” (p.40)

It is certainly better to gather few crumbs which have dropped from the table than to starve in futile adoration of the feast we cannot reach. (p.61)

Do not say you agree, disagree or suspend judgment, until you cans say, “I understand.” (p.267)

There is no point in winning an argument an argument if you know or suspect you are wrong. (p.245)


How about martial arts for mass demo?

Today marks the beginning of the rehearsal for the mass demonstration. As I recall, over the last few years, there have been various performances that included usually a cheer dance, a dance medley and a Michael Jackson medley last school year.

This year, the LifeDancers team came up with an ethnic-inspired performance. As I observed, they will be using fans. The performance depicts a fictional cultural slash ethnical variety of movements matched with regular howls.

On my mind, what I wanted to see is the boys doing a martial arts mass demonstration a la black belter. Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido or Judo. Or some Pinoy EskrimaKali or Arnis. I just want to see them strut a move. It doesn’t matter what kind, but they have got to learn self-defence and achieve self-discipline in the process of acquiring the skills.

I envision them in a synchronized movement performing before an audience of parents in awe, thinking they have enrolled their boys in the right school.

Sadly, in today’s school systems masculinity is not being taught. Predominantly women teachers and homey feel inside the school merely domesticate the boys. Our boys need to return back to their journey towards masculinity and manhood: the road towards becoming a black belter.

21st century learning with DIWA Publishing

Another publishing company presents what they have to offer today. I think, just like pre schools, grade schools, and high schools mushroom in town, publishing houses have also become profitable business. Why not? Considering several million school children in this country, and the demand to print book rises with it, the print cost of a book is set at only 20 cents.

Listening to the presentation, DIWA Publishing integrated 4 different materials in their system. They have textbooks, magazines, eBooks, and online learning system called GENYO.

Welcome to 21st Century learning.

This initial talks with this publisher was actually brought by Emmanuel Christian School in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Our big boss met up with the couple some few months back and then the flew here last July 26. They brought with them some people from MathScor and an ICT provider, who each prepared a demo for their products.

MathScor follows the Singapore scheme of practice, practice, and more practice; while the ICT provides online grade access and enables students to launch web development projects.

DIWA, meanwhile, offers almost the same. But I think, there’s no problem getting all of these supplements and resources, for as long as the wiFi in the school will be upgraded. These will all complement each other.