Bring Up Kings

Why the Ancient Method Beats Contemporary Education

Non-Fiction - Education
48 Pages
Reviewed on 04/26/2021
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Author Biography

A licensed public school teacher in a Philippine high school, Benedick Ganzo is also a licensed civil engineer, with experience working in the deserts of the Middle East, in the areas of construction and consultancy work. His experience in dealing with various nationalities while leading engineering teams gave him insight on what constitutes a great educational experience. He passed the civil engineering licensure examination on November18 & 19, 2000, with a rating of 93.75% where the required passing is only 70%.
One time, while on vacation from work and with his children, he tried to investigate how their education was advancing, whether they were developing the required thinking ability he believes were necessary to solve the more important practical problems and to succeed in life; he was not satisfied. To investigate further, he decided to be a public school teacher himself, giving up a promising career in engineering for the sake of his children and for the entire system of education which he had already been critical about since he was a student, but this time in the perspective of a teacher. He wrote all his findings in his books in the perspective of a student, a father, and a public school teacher.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite

Benedick Ganzo has spent time in the field of education in his native Philippines. He speaks as one who has experienced the field and seen its many failures. In Bring Up Kings, he uses his experience and knowledge to suggest a novel (at the same time, ancient) method of education. He desires to see each of our children become the absolute best they can be. While he uses information and stories from the Philippines, the principles he teaches can easily be applied to the education of any child in any country. I wholeheartedly concur with most of his conclusions. I have spent most of my life teaching in some form or other and his method is what I have championed for years. Most parents and educators would agree that our current method of teaching is broken. A return to the old ways would make the difference between rearing children who are masters of their fate and those who are followers.

The Bible talks about bringing up children in the way they should go. This indicates that every child does not learn in the same way. Each child is unique. In Bring Up Kings, Benedick Ganzo pushes for an education system that allows each child to be trained in their area of interest. Why force a child to be proficient at mathematics when they desire to be an artist? Some general education is proper, but each child needs to follow their dreams and master the subject that they will use for the rest of their lives. Benedick says he thinks it is doubtful that Mozart would make a good nuclear physicist if he were forced to study that instead of music. Benedick uses his teaching expertise to bring his readers an easy-to-read and understand book on how to change the system. His writing is simple and conversational. He explains any term concerning the education system in the Philippines so that Americans can identify its corresponding American counterpart. Parents and teachers need to work together to make sure each child is trained in the subject for which they have a passion. This book is full of useful information that can help change education into a force for the good of all our children.


Nice book ever