Sunday, February 12, 2017

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

Get Wisdom at Any Cost
#progressive vs #traditional learning
By Cherry Moriones Doromal
"Get Wisdom at Any Cost"-- That's the heading of Proverbs 4 (NIV) penned by one of my favorite authors of all time King Solomon😉 And who, again, is Solomon? Some of you, gentlemen, might say: "Ahhh! I also like Solomon, the king with 700 wives and 300 concubines!" 😜 True! But he is also that King of Israel who asked God for wisdom. Having pleased the Lord about his intentions,he was given unsurpassed wisdom, plus wealth and  honor. (1 Kings 3:5-13)

If you have time, I suggest that you read the entirety of Proverbs 4. It is concise and beautiful!  But for now let's concentrate on verses 7 and 8 :

"7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
    embrace her, and she will honor you."

How do we get wisdom?

As a #TeacherMom, I am a strong advocate of progressive learning.  My kids are very much aware (at least in theory for now, as they're still young) that we get wisdom from combined channels of learning, not only  from books.  In this family, we make learning as enjoyable and light as possible!

Contrary and with all due respect to traditional learning, we do not set a time limit for learning and teaching in our family. The reason is that every minute is an opportunity to learn. Again, wisdom is not only derived from formal schooling. Whenever we watch the television, we learn from the program, depending on what we watch... When we go to the supermarket, we learn math, economics, promotion,advertising, as well as respect, discipline and patience especially when we have to wait long for our turn in the cashier.

We learn primarily from our family, associates, and mostly from experiences (experiential learning), practice and other avenues such as travel, observation, listening, experimentation, arts, music, sports, socialization and dealing with various people at all levels in society, service, and engagement in diverse activities which develop our intellect, physique, emotional maturity and discipline.

Above all, we should abide by the ultimate tip about wisdom as contained in Proverbs 9:10: "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Though life is a ceaseless learning opportunity for all and that we learn spectacular things along the way, alone or in collaboration with others,  I still believe that those are nothing without fear of the Almighty.  For that reason, whatever we learn each day, and through whatever manner, we would like to commit them for the glory of God.

Below are some photos showing you how we study/learn day after day.  Posted also is a chart comparing "Traditional" and "Progressive" learning, for your guidance.

Let me expound  a bit on the concept of progressive learning in simple terms. In traditonal school, we learn that 1+1 is 2. In progressive learning, we learn and apply math in practical manners which might have never been discussed in books. For instance, I bought a "buy 1 take 1 apple" from a fruit stand for "pasalubong" to Zekie and Strong. So, how many apples do I have upon reaching home?  The books would tell me, 1 apple plus 1 apple equals 2.  However, when I opened  my shopping bag, I learned that the other apple is rotten and only one is fresh and may be eaten. In reality, my 1+1 apple is not 2 but 1. That is progressive learning. In progressive learning, "real life" situations become our teachers.

As you might have noticed, I write and share a lot online and my posts are found in innumerable sites outside of FB -- which I, too, can't total😜-- pardon me as I am constantly excited performing my passion and calling: "To Learn, Lead, Teach, Serve, Influence and Inspire".

What wisdom have you learned in this life that you can share with others? Each of us is a unique living book where others may obtain wisdom from.

#wisdom #learning #teaching #progressivelearning by Cherry Moriones Doromal

Saturday, February 11, 2017

How Much Does Wisdom Cost?

How Much Does Wisdom Cost?
By: Cherry Moriones Doromal
Part 1

"In our scholarships, it is God's wisdom, not our own, that comes into play!"

The other day I posted about the school fair we went to, wherein representatives from various American universities visited Manila to invite our students or open the possibility for our Filipino students to  take college in the US.

Going over the brochures and flyers, for SY 2017-2018, the average school fee for international students in a US school plays around 40-45k USD, or when you are lucky enough to get financial aid or scholarship, the cost would run roughly around 20k-25k USD for a year. By the way, these are public US universities.

Here in the Philippines, the top local private universities will extract some 150k-200k PHP (or 3k-4k USD) out of Momma's pocket a year, whereas school fees for good international schools here in the country run from P500,000 to 2M (10k USD to 40k USD).

That is how expensive education is in our children's generation.

So much about the school fees and all, in my quiet time today, I was led to read  the entire Chapters 3 and 4 of Proverbs which give us enlightenment on words "WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING".

Proverbs 3❤️ I find Proverbs 3:5-6 quite comforting as it says: " Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."

Looking back at the many years of leaning on God, I just want to repeatedly praise Him for all his favor.

As to the schooling of my sons alone, for instance, Zecheriah "Strong" got accelerated and went straight to Grade One in international school MGIS ( aside from earning "bragging rights", the same had saved us financially around P300k or 6K USD), next he was given a full scholarship for straight four years amounting to roughly P2M or 40K USD.

God's fountain of wisdom and graciousness did not end up with Strong, as along with it, my older son Ezekiel "Zekie" was also granted a full scholarship amounting to more or less P2.5M (50k USD).

Afterwards, however, due to curriculum changes (K-12) and other factors, I decided to transfer my children to Victory Christian International School where they are currently on  Home Study Program using Bob Jones USA curriculum while they are being prepared for real life (undergoing one-on-one special skills training, workshops, and honing of talents outside of the school).

Incidentally, upon entry to VCIS, I was surprised to learn that, again, my boys would be full scholars. And as a bonus, Zekie had another international exchange scholarship opportunity allowing him to explore different schools in Italy last year, 2016. The cost for experience of studying in Europe and meeting people of another culture? PRICELESS!

By the way, it is mandatory for Zekie to attend a regular school for SY 2017-2018 as he enters his Senior High. I am looking at Southville International School or the regular school of Victory Christian International School (VCIS).
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom, Lord?

Our God is bigger than our needs! Our God is bigger than our dreams!
(to be continued...) #scholarships #internationaleducation #education #bloggermom #cherrymoriones #cherrydoromal #manila #philippines