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THE MISEDUCATION OF FILIPINO

THE MISEDUCATION OF FILIPINO

THE MISEDUCATION OF FILIPINO


According to Prof. Renato Constantino, Education is a vital weapon of a people striving for economic emancipation, political independence and cultural renaissance. We are such a people. Philippine education therefore must produce Filipinos who are aware of their countrys problems, who understand the basic solution to these problems, and who care enough to have courage to work and sacrifice for their countrys salvation. NATIONALISM IN EDUCATION To have nationalism, Filipino must understand their Filipino culture on discipline, to have a unity in pursuing well-organized educational leaders that nationalism is important in education. Filipino must practice etiquette in education to pursue a goal. NEW PERSPECTIVE

The relation of America and Philippines to improve the nationalism and to complete the agenda of our revolutionary leaders the perspective of education is to brighten the educational system and philosophy which was first introduced by the American. CAPTURING MINDS Education is very important in our life. It will be a weapon to fight in every trial we are facing. To win something, you must strive for it. The most effective way to conquer a person is to capture their minds. Despite the terroristic way of Japanese, the Filipino was never conquered. Because of being hatred of Filipino to Japanese, Filipinos minds were so eager to let the Japanese leave our country. BEGINNINGS OF COLONIAL EDUCATION Not all who colonized our country gives us hardship or disadvantages among us. There are also advantages. Because of them we learn how to be strong, the development of our literature slowly developing. Every colony, we adopt new things. Without them we were not who we are now.

THE AMERICAN VICE-GOVERNOR During the American regime, the American Soldiers acted as a teacher in school. Americans influence our English vocabulary. the reason why we were fluent in English language was that American taught us how to use it properly. They imposed English as the medium of instruction that until now we used it. GOALS OF AMERICAN EDUCATION Americans way of educating Filipino was a great blessing for Filipino. Not only to save Filipino from being illiterate and ignorant, they trained Filipino as citizens of American colony. We all know how progressive America is. America saved us from Spanish and Japanese. They taught us how to gain our independence. AN UPROOTED RACE Uproot means to force to leave an accustomed. An uprooted race means that we already leave our own race. Because of the use of English as a medium of instruction during American colony, we have already forgotten our own language. We had already forgotten our own culture. We became foreigner in our own country.

ECONOMIC ATTITUDES Not only on education our colonizer influenced us. But also in our economic life. As a colony, our colonizers control our economic life. Even if other country is not good for industrialization, for agricultural only, still the Americans introduced to us tolls on how to become industrialized. Not only American but also Japanese. They taught us how to use these tools. Without them, we will not become an industrialized country. They showed us that our country is not only for agricultural purpose but also for industry. TRANSLANTATION OF POLITICAL INSTITUTION One advantages of America in our country is our political way of life. After we gained our freedom from Spaniards, America helped us to become a free democracy. We have been made to believe in certain political doctrines as absolute and the same for all people. RE-EXAMINATION DEMANDED To become well-educated Filipino, we must reexamine who we are before and who we are

now. Educational goals should be the same whenever and everywhere. ADOPTION OF WESTERN VALUES We all know that America is a progressive nation. as a colony of America, we adopt some of their characteristics and values and their education. Even if American education understandably lays little emphasis on the kind of nationalism we Filipinos need. Instead, it stresses internationalism and underplays nationalism. But we must not forget that we are a Filipino nation. UnFILIPINO FILIPINOS One bad characteristic of Filipinos are being UnFilipino. We were so proud when foreigners call our country a paradise on earth, but in reality there were some Filipinos experiencing hell in their life. We dont even think that our countrymen were suffering from poverty. There is no nationalism I n our hearts if we dont think our countrymen first. Like today there are so many Filipino loves to buy things which were stateside rather than made in the Philippines. There are also Filipinos who go to abroad.

THE LANGUAGE PROBLEM Language problem is one of the most vital problems in Philippine education. We believe that English as a medium of instruction is the best way to learn. In this way, we dont even think that we are Filipino. Our government must saw that our native language is important to us. Because we understand each other with our own language. Like Japan, we all know that they were a developing country. They used their own language in instruction. There are also Filipinos who loved to speak foreign language when somebody praises them. BARRIER TO DEMOCRACY Language barrier is one barrier to democracy. Using English as a medium of instruction is not that bad for Filipino. English was the language of democracy. We must learn how to speak and understand English. So that if we were going to other country, we were not going to look ignorant. Even if you dont know their language, you can communicate them with English. Because English is a worldwide language. So English

language is also important to our life. But we must not forget that we are a Filipino. IMPEDIMENTS TO THOUGHT An impediment means hindrances. A foreign language is a hindrance to instruction. Language is a tool of thinking process. Through language, thoughts develop. We must first study our own native language before foreign language. Because if we use foreign language as a medium of instruction, students have to master new sounds, new inflections, and new sentence construction. In this way, the student cant express his/her feelings and lack of expression will lead to prevention of further development of thought. We must learn to use our own before others. THE PRIVATE SECTOR As a graduate of private school in my high school life, I could say that not all students of private school were come from rich family. Because there were some scholars offered for deserving students and there were foreigners who sponsor the studies of deserving indigent people.

OTHER EDUCATIONAL MEDIA Other educational media was being influenced by the Western cultural materials which slowly diminished the Filipino culture in educational media. Even though some of our sectors in the field of education is striving to improve our educational media but there still a big relation effect in our culture when American colonized our country. NEEDED: FILIPINOS The education of Filipino must know that we should possess a nationalism of Filipino culture in teaching so that we can attain a better principle and vision in the field of education. Let us also remember that our hero die for the freedom not only in physical and emotional aspect but also in psychological aspect to free us from mind colonization. Education not only productive men and women just to imply the Western culture but to imply our own Filipino culture. The culture that will guide us in total freedom. We must remove the mark of different country that colonized our nation and our culture. We must think of ourselves of our own

freedom, of our own principle, of our own future for the salvation of our culture. REFLECTION: This essay really touches my mind. This essay pointed out that we must be nationalistic in education. Not only for education, but as well as in our country. We must learn how to use our native language properly. Before we move out to foreign culture, we must learn our own culture first. at present, these essay is still applicable. Because there are instances in the essay that was still happening at present. Like there are Filipinos who went abroad to study. There are Filipinos who were really proud when they speak English rather than their native language that lead to the miseducation of Filipino.

The Mis Education of the Filipino


Our present Educational system tends,in the main,to hold the students to customary,the existent,and the common place.It makes them merely participants with the present generation.In fact,it is often so full of dogmas,authority,and a thousand lesser cramping influences which retard progress,that is actually encourages reaction ism.Instead it should,if it is really to lead out,launch them from the shoulders of the present generation,passing on to them that which society has inherited or considers most contributory to its loftiest ideals,not as an end in itself or as a highest good,but appoint of departure in a new progress of discovery and invention Filipinos called as an uprooted race because they had to be disoriented for their national goals because they had to become good colonials.We Filipino some Western values that we have until now.We love to hear foreigners call our country a paradise on earth,and we never stop to think that it is a paradise only for them but not for the millions of our countrymen.We Filipinos must realize that we can stand alone even they dont support us because I believe that theres no impossible if we are helping each other develop our economic life. For me the strongest point of he essay is the language problem of the Filipinos.In discussing the cultural backgrounds of Filipinos and Americans,we pointed out that although Filipinos are predominantly of one racial stock,we speak many languages;whereas,Americans are of many ethnic backgrounds,but are predominantly English speaking.This confusion of tongues has been a major problem in Philippine Education for many years.The student has been required to spend precious time in learning language before we can begin to tackle the content of basic subject matters.Because of the colonial education,we've been disoriented.Language is important because through language,taught develops,and the development of thought leads to further devt of language. This essay still applicable in our time because this essay encourage Filipino people to learn so that we are able to know and understand the importance of high educational standards.The education of the Filipino must be a Filipino education.We need to know the goals and need of our nation.This essay always reminds us to use and love our native language.While child,mother must teach first the native language before he/she starts to use foreign language.