The role of the school administration in the total development of schoolchildren

by Florentino A. Bernal
San Rafael Elementary School
Buhi District
Buhi, Camarines Sur

Much of the education today tends towards the total development of schoolchildren. This kind of education taps into every potential of pupils. These include the intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and artistic potentials. Such kind of education recognizes that all of these potentials are important in producing individuals who are ready for the challenges of the contemporary world.
The school administration plays a vital role in such kind of development. Their role cannot be understated because their effect on pupils is largely indelible; it is evident on the decisions that their pupils make long after they have left school.
The members of the school administration, for one, serve as role models for their pupils. At their impressionable age, schoolchildren often follow what other people, particularly adults, around them do. The examples that their teachers set are much more effective in teaching them values than a textbook can ever hope to do. When pupils see that their teachers are industrious and enthusiastic, they pick up on these behaviors and eventually integrate them into their own lives. Similarly, when they notice that their teachers and simply do their job to get paid, they follow the example, even without being conscious of it. It is thus vital for the members of the school administration to show that they are living holistic lives. Otherwise, it will be difficult to ask children to tap into their potentials when even they exhibit their own failure at it.
Beyond serving as role models, the members of the school administration are responsible for ensuring that the school provides a healthy learning environment that encourages the total development of the pupils. Every decision that they make regarding the school activities should take this responsibility into account. Therefore, it is crucial for the administration to be creative in planning activities that stimulate the various aforementioned potentials of schoolchildren. They have to be willing to think past traditional activities that have rendered learning monotonous. Rather, they can explore new activities that will once again make education exciting and challenging, not only for their pupils, but also for themselves.
As the demands of the world become more rigorous with the advancement of knowledge, I believe that school administrations in the country should strive harder than ever before to encourage the total development of pupils. We owe it not only to our pupils, but also to their parents, our community, our nation, our world, and the future that we are building.