"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Saturday, February 3, 2018

20% Funeral Discount for Teachers

The importance of the teaching profession is self-evident. Nonetheless, how society treats its teachers can still debase the profession. While research is clear on what uplifts teachers, there are still some individuals who seem adamant with their own ideas. Unfortunately, these individuals are usually politicians or policy makers. Here is one idea from the Philippines Senate: "20% Funeral Discount to public school teachers who died on account of work-related sickness and injuries". This is not "fake news". It is unbelievable, but it is true. A bill providing a discount (not totally free) on funeral expenses (and only for those who died in action) to public school teachers has been proposed in the Philippines Senate:

Above copied from the Philippines Senate

Perhaps, the Philippines Senate has finally realized that with the ways teachers are treated in the Philippines, the chances of dying in action have become high.

And I am impressed with the polite response from teachers:

Merlina Hernando-Malipot of Manila Bulletin reports:

Teachers’ plea: Give incentives while we’re still alive

By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

“Give assistance to living teachers, not to the dead ones.”
While appreciative of the proposal that would give educators a funeral discount, a group of teachers 
on Saturday urged the government to provide them incentives and other benefits while they are 
“still alive.”

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