Issue of November 4, 2018
     
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Teachers should freely voice their views
PAUL F. COLINGAN, Baguio City

Do opinions of public employees matter?

This concerns public servants, especially those who are working at the Department of Education. I wonder why some colleagues and superiors consider expressing one’s opinions as a menace. Do majority of the bosses have “superiority complex,” that the opinions of others do not matter?  

Writer Ashly Lorenzana said: “It’s okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don’t like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.”

As public servants, can we not be judged by the quality of our opinions? It should be encouraged to nurture fairness towards prosperity.

Is Sheri S. Tepper wrong in saying that “Nothing limits intelligence more than ignorance; nothing fosters ignorance more than one’s own opinions; nothing strengthens opinions more than refusing to look at reality”?

If yes, then democracy is dead and that holding an office automatically includes unlimited discretionary power, close to being an authoritarian.

The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one, according to Malcom Forbes.

Closed minds do not have any chances of being cured from the superiority complex called ego. Lastly, a public employee should not be made to suffer reprimands, warnings, and other undue promotions based merely on giving opinions. Opinions, no matter how close or how far it may be from right or wrong, remains an opinion.

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