May 31, 2009

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Plagiarism and the Mainstream Media.

The blatant disregard for intellectual property rights on the internet is troubling enough, but when we see this creep into the mainstream media, it becomes disheartening and to some extent, shameful.

This weekend, I was shocked by the news from fellow bloggers that an article originally written by Enrico Dee, known as Byahilo on the blogosphere, was infringed upon by the mainstream media. As noted by Byahilo, his article on a cake shop in Bacolod was grossly plagiarized by a Cebu based paper, The Freeman. The same article was also printed in the website PhilStar.com.  (I was planning to add a link here for you to see the article, but when I tried to access it guess what: it had been taken down. However, screen caps of the said article are available in Byahilo’s site.)

In my line of work, it really irks me when my students copy from websites or what not in the papers they submit to me. I tell them that even blog sites should not be copied, and if ever they do get some information from somewhere, adding the words “according to” or “taken from” and the like is expected. I have been somewhat more lenient compared to some of my fellow faculty, in a sense that I reprimand and give them an opportunity to revise before giving them a failing mark. However, as with my previous article, how can we teach the youth what is right when those who are in the workforce (or whatever area that may be) do not do what is right?

I join my fellow bloggers in calling for a more ethical and fair media, one that honors the intellectual property rights of bloggers. Many of us in the blogosphere may not be journalism graduates. We may not have the necessary technical skills and knowledge journalists do. Perhaps we don’t get paid the way journalists do, but that doesn’t make us less of authors or our work and we deserve credit where credit is due. The author of the article, Oliver Victor B. Amoroso, should be held accountable for his misdeeds. The Freeman and the PhilStar.com  likewise should take steps to safeguard the rights of writers everywhere, on and offline.

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May 30, 2009

Posted by in Life Lessons, The Library | 15 Comments

Books to Liven Up Every Library

For PhotoHunt this week, the theme is books. Over the summer, my colleagues and I cleaned up the school library and decided to allot one slot for our “favorite” books. From Guess How Much I Love You to The Rainbow Fish, the shelf is definitely the most overused section of our library.

dsc001782However, if I were to recommend books to liven up any kids library, it would definitely be those of Eric Carle.  These are but a few of his many fun and colorful books for children. My personal favorite is Brown Bear, Brown Bear because it provides a venue for active involvement with the kids I read it too. After the story, I extend the book to a class activity where I ask the kids to draw what they want to see then we make our own book about it. On a recent trip to FullyBooked bookstore here in the Philippines, I almost fainted at the wonderful Eric Carle selection they had!

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May 29, 2009

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The Officer Forgot He Was A Gentleman.

I am a firm believer in the saying “two wrongs don’t make a right”.

Yesterday’s circus at the Philippine Senate was such a disturbing thing to watch. I am kind of glad I did not get to see the whole thing. However, I was greatly appalled with the behavior of former policeman and mayor Abner Afuang. I am referring to the incident in which he poured water over the head of Dr. Hayden Kho. Despite my disdain for the doctors behavior, I feel that what he did crossed the line to ungentleman behavior. I get that he was driven emotionally towards that outburst but that does not excuse his behavior. As a man in his position, even if he no longer holds his post, he should be an example of what is right and just.

For me, his behavior reinforces the wrong notion of hitting someone back if they hit you first, which is something I tell my kids not to do. How can you expect children and adolescents to appreciate the fact that even though one wrongs you, there is a proper way of standing up for yourself without  resorting to violence? Given that pouring water on someone’s head does not constitute the socially-accepted definition of “violence”, it still is a violation on one’s human rights and dignity.

He now refuses to apologize and even proudly proclaims he would do it again. he further threatens to go on a hunger strike if he is not released because this is for the country. Pardon me for asking, what are we teaching our children?  I am not saying we should not take a stand when issues arise. I’m not saying we don’t fight for what is right. However, I want to point out that we don’t need to be vigilantes. We need to fight the fair fight, even through we don’t win it right away because in the long run, this is what really matters. We can’t change things if we remain as brutish homo sapiens who act on impulse alone.

What happened in the senate yesterday did not solve the problem of pornography, voyeurism or abuse of women. What Abner Afuang and all those who supported him showed the world is that our officer forgot he was a gentleman and taught people around him that it is okay to behave like less of a man. Tell me now, how does this solve the problem that was the Hayden Kho-Katrina Halili sex scandal?

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May 29, 2009

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Unleash Your Talent!

The Filipino Youth as a cesspool of great talent. As a teacher of these individuals, I have been fortunate enough to see what potentials they have. With that said, allow me to share this invitation with you:

Marc Ecko in cooperation with Ms. Clavel magazine invites you the Ecko Unltd. Art Battle event at 5PM on May 30th, 2009 at the Cinema Lobby of Trinoma, featuring live art installation by Weewilldoodle and Pilipinas Street Plan.

Ecko Unltd. is driven by a simple belief: that no one needs to be corralled into a single aesthetic viewing the world with a voracious curiosity, finding inspiration at every turn.

With sales around the world in countries full of youth with artistic talent and passion – the time has come to open our apparel collection to new artistic palettes.

If you have the talent – This is your chance to take part in the first Ecko Unltd. Global Art Battle. Marc Ecko will select winners from each country and their art will be featured in the Ecko Unltd. Spring 2010 collection.

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May 27, 2009

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The Hardest Part of the Job.

Others may think that the hardest part of my job is coming up with fun and exciting activities to help my students learn. Some might think it’s summoning up the patience to deal with twelve toddlers. For me, however, the hardest part of the job is having to say goodbye to the kids who become almost like mine for ten months. It is the one part of the job that no matter how hard I try, or how long I’ve been doing it, that just doesn’t get any easier. And up to this day, I don’t know how to make it better.

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