Sam gave me a letter that his teacher instructed him to write

@luisga814 (6913)
Quezon City, Philippines
December 12, 2022 4:47pm CST
Hi. Good morning. It's 6:38am here of Tuesday. I'm about to sleep right now after my night work shift until Sam gave a letter that he personally wrote it address to his class adviser. Based on the letter, the main subject is the disrespectful of Sam. Some unable to use the words "Po" and "Opo" as his adviser obliged him to say those words as a sign or respect. These words are observed here in the Southern Luzon, Philippines. If you're not using these words, disrespectful is already on call. His adviser wanted to see me personally, however, my work schedule is night shift and their classes is in dayshift (I'm sleeping), I just sent a Facebook message explaining that my wife is a "Bisaya" and they don't use those words. However, I also explained that even if they don't use these words, respect still inherits to my son's by means of politely smiling while talking to higher ups like teachers, etc. I explained to the adviser that I'll try to find time to talk to Sam about the value of "po" and "opo" just to follow the school policies of respect. I also mentioned to the adviser that I'll find time to talk to the teacher as soon as possible. What do you think about this?
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• Philippines
13 Dec 22
correction. my teacher didn't asked me to write this. in fact she didn't even read it.
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@cacay1 (83272)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
21 Dec 22
@DevMrSamEleazar what do you mean your teacher didn't get angry?
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@luisga814 (6913)
• Quezon City, Philippines
24 Dec 22
@DevMrSamEleazar Great job. I appreciate it.
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• Philippines
21 Dec 22
@cacay1 well she did. but now we are okay. I said sorry in our christmas party and yep. she said just dont do it again
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@LadyDuck (451773)
• Switzerland
13 Dec 22
The teacher should first show respect knowing better the students and not obliging them to use words that are not part of their culture.
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@LadyDuck (451773)
• Switzerland
21 Dec 22
@cacay1 OH my goodness, the teacher should have known better.
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@cacay1 (83272)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
21 Dec 22
@LadyDuck yes that's right and I'm from Mindanao and we speak Bisaya and whoever addressed someone Po gets a bad reaction to mean saying addressing Po in my region means that person is very old , so ironical.
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@cacay1 (83272)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Dec 22
@LadyDuck that teacher IS OA.
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@kaylachan (54526)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Dec 22
That's the best you can do I think.
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@DaddyEvil (137253)
• United States
13 Dec 22
Hmm... do the teachers and advisors also show respect to the students?
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@MarieCoyle (25839)
13 Dec 22
DE, I wondered that, too.
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@DaddyEvil (137253)
• United States
13 Dec 22
@MarieCoyle I don't believe the students get any respect at all. I don't blame Sam for rebelling!
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@MarieCoyle (25839)
13 Dec 22
@DaddyEvil I have a feeling the schools there are a lot different than what you and I are familiar with. Not that ours are superior, just different. In some countries, the big respect names are important. Here, it is more than acceptable to just use Mr., Mrs., or Miss. Sam is very imaginative and smart, from what I have seen of him here. I would think he needs the freedom of expression more than some of the others, in order to advance in life.
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@RubyHawk (99439)
• Atlanta, Georgia
13 Dec 22
Would those words mean Sir and Ma’am. That’s the respectful way for a student to speak to teachers.
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@luisga814 (6913)
• Quezon City, Philippines
13 Dec 22
@RubyHawk I'm not sure the exact words that how Sam talks to his teachers. However, I do know how Sam respect elderly not only because he's my son but because I knew him as an individual
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@RubyHawk (99439)
• Atlanta, Georgia
14 Dec 22
@luisga814 I would certainly discuss it with the teacher.She might have misunderstood your son.
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@Hytton03 (5457)
• Philippines
13 Dec 22
I think for me the best thing is to teach po and opo because that's proper way to respect the eldest people. .
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@Hytton03 (5457)
• Philippines
14 Dec 22
@luisga814 that's a good Idea me too gonna teach my kids how to say that . and they still very young soon
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@luisga814 (6913)
• Quezon City, Philippines
13 Dec 22
@Hytton03 And because I don't have enough time to teach them po and opo. I'm telling to my wife to instruct them.
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@cacay1 (83272)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
21 Dec 22
What's that teacher overacting. She should have talked to Sam privately or to tell your son to address the teacher ma'am or sir.
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@cacay1 (83272)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
25 Dec 22
@luisga814 maybe that teacher is a gay .I'm thankful it's resolved.
@luisga814 (6913)
• Quezon City, Philippines
24 Dec 22
@cacay1 Yes. His teacher is too overacting. Although, it's okay now, I've already talked to the teacher.
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@LindaOHio (149793)
• United States
13 Dec 22
Your culture is very different from ours in the United States; but if the teachers have advised the students to use signs of respect, then he should do it.
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@cacay1 (83272)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
21 Dec 22
@luisga814 I don't like to be addressed Po.
@luisga814 (6913)
• Quezon City, Philippines
13 Dec 22
@LindaOHio yes totally different. Although, some parts in our country, don't use those words. But still there's respect
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@MarieCoyle (25839)
12 Dec 22
If his instructor/adviser person asked him to say those words as a sign of respect, then I think he should do so. I realize your culture is very different than that in the US. Sam is no doubt of an age that he is experimenting with rebellion, I don't know how you would deal with that in a young adult. Since he is under your roof and you supply his needs and support him, it would be good if he would follow the rules that are set by the school at this time.
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