Filipino youth

The Fiiipino youth friendly, hospitable and sensitive. These traits are sometimes carried to an extreme. Hospitality for instance, may include feeling insulted if a guest does not partake of the food or meals offerred to him. Friendliness and courtesy may extend to agreeing with the other person without real conviction. Oversensitivity to criticism and loss of face may lead to brooding, and later, violence. Aggressiveness is suppressed very strongly, but may be released explosively when the person becomes "full".

2. They like group work and will offer help freely to friends and neighbors needing help. Work for others is done cheerfully and without expectation of payment except for a free meal or snacks.

3. They have great respect for age and for parents. He hesitates to question authority. In certain matters, he may be right but he has to defer, at least temporarily, to an older person who may be wrong.

4. They are usually given what they ask for. Some become "spoiled". Some because of the "whatever will be will be" attitude of the parents.

5. They are closely attached to their family and his friends. He finds difficulty when he loses these emotional props. He needs to be part of a group or gang.

6. They are dependent on parents for a long time particularly in matters requiring decisions. At times he may not even be prepared to make decisions regarding the clothes he will wear to school. I believe this is the reason students wear school uniforms in private as well as public schools.  He does not know how to handle allowance money. To approach a teacher or professor, he needs to have somebody accompany him.

7. They are expected to live up to the family expectation. The parents may choose his course for him even if he is not sure that it is what he wants. The family’s traditions and values may dictate that the student take a course unsuited to him. In the Philippines, there is a high value placed on prestigious careers such as medicine and law.

8.When exposed to urban culture they tend to consider his parents and the older generation in general, as old fashioned. He resents their restrictions on matters of taking trips, choice of clothes, allowance, dating and choice of friends and resent their invasion of his privacy. The females may resent being chaperoned and being restricted on the use of cosmetics.

9. They have a great fear of displeasing a figure of authority or offending a person he considers important.

10. Many of his actions are motivated by the desire to conform and to avoid shame or disgrace. His behavior is controlled by fear. Regulation comes from the outside rather than inside.

The parents are not able to do many of these things either. This makes life harder for the kids. There are some things that need to be taught in school and other things need to be taught at home but little if anything important is being taught anywhere.


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