Quick, what does Sex, Land Bridges, and God have to do with each other? If you answered “Education,” you guessed RIGHT! Let me explain: The Philippine education system is in dire need of fixing.

We still fight over what we teach our children, too: The RH bill fiasco opened up the topic of Sex Education. People went mad over this; Blah bla blah this, blah blah that, people say this, people say that. They’re wrong, anyway. They say “IT’LL JUST TEACH THEM SEX POSITIONS AND HOW TO HAVE ORGIES!” even when Sex Education has NOTHING to do with that. It teaches sex abstinence, contraception, intercourse, and reproduction. We believe in what the Church, which I must say is definitely NOT supposed to be an expert on Politics and reproduction, says as if they have never made a mistake! Has anyone against it actually READ the bill? It’s like screaming FIRE when you see a candle.

Even what we already teach is wrong.  Quick question: How did the first Filipinos get here? Did you say “Land Bridge?” WRONG! That theory is heavily outdated. If the entire world was once  fused into one large super-continent, with continental drift happening even now, where can we find proof of these “bridges?” None. Heck, evidence shows that we may have descended from people that aren’t really part of the Malay, Ita, and Negro racial profile. And Evolution, here’s a can of worms, how many of you have been taught that God had a part in evolution? That his guiding hand showed the way of change? That’s intelligent design, completely different from the random chance of evolution. Look it up.

Philippine schools have to get by with low quality materials and buildings. They have to make it a point to segregate their students into shifts just to accommodate them. And even with this kind of set-up, they still face the problems of overcrowding.

When I participated in our weekly outreach program (in which we became student teachers for an hour), the conditions were better than we expected. The neat and proper classrooms, though small, is a stark contrast to the partially-ruined classrooms and damaged school supplies of the farther out schools.

But that didn’t eliminate obvious obstacles to quality education. In fact, the handouts we were supposed to pass to our students were filled with grammatical errors and problems that some of the students themselves felt uneasy studying English. Some of our teachers even admitted that some students don’t know how to read. I was moved by their eagerness to learn, and as I taught my students, I couldn’t help but wonder if they would ever got something better. I wondered if, and when, the system is fixed, would these students still be studying? Or would it be their children? Or their children’s children?

Even I, a student in a private school, can see plainly what’s going on. More than one of my teachers, from the schools I’ve been to, have all spread some nasty internet rumors as facts. From babies in pitch-black bathing water to Daniel Dingel and Agapito Flores,  I can even recall one of my teachers spreading the myth that Chinese people eat fetuses.

How about our colleges? How many schools in the Phillippines have an ABET accreditation? 10? 4? 3? 1.Only MAPUA is accredited. In a list of top 200 colleges, we’ve fallen a bit: UP is only 62nd this year. Ouch. That’s only in ASIA, by the way, who knows what our position in the global scale is!

What I want to say is this: We need change. Budget cuts are damaging our schools and we’re already losing credibility; students are leaving school and those who stay may even have to take three hour walks in the dirt to get to school in the worst of cases! My fellow Filipinos, let’s get off our butts and change this. If education really is the key to success, then we’ve dropped our keys somewhere long ago; if we all work together, I’m sure we can find it.

 

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