Teach Filipino Language and Literature in College,
Retain Philippine History in High School
The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) welcomes the Supreme Court decision to stop the implementation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20, Series of 2013. The controversial order virtually abolishes the teaching of such subjects as Filipino Language and Philippine Literature in the general curriculum for college. We further believe that the said order should subsequently be junked for its unconstitutionality and insensitivity.
We also call on the Department of Education (DepEd) to review its K-12 curriculum which removes the teaching of Philippine History in secondary schools. But the DepEd, under DepEd Order No. 20, s. 2014 slashed Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas from the curriculum starting school year 2014-2015 in favor of Araling Asyano in both Grades 7 and 8 last school year.
More than the imminent loss of jobs of thousands of teachers, we find it ironic that the very agencies tasked to promote and instill the idea of patriotism in our education system are the same agencies that are gradually killing the value of love for the motherland and the importance of its history, culture, languages and literature.
These regulations give us a hint on the orientation of the Philippine education in the future. The insistent of both the DepEd and CHED that we have to conform to the ‘world standard’ is almost an assurance that the Philippine education will cater to the policies under the global economic system where the cost of labor becomes cheaper and the national identity becomes unnecessary. The entire K-12 curriculum of the basic education sector and even the tertiary system is tailor made to adapt to this system.
It is the youth, the Filipino young learners who will eventually inherit this nation and with such orientation of our public education system, the future generation might forget about their glorious past and distinct national character and identity in guise of being globally competitive. We believe that in order to be really globally competitive, a nation should preserve and be proud of its own identity.
Public education ‘shall inculcate patriotism and nationalism’ as provided by the Constitution.
Reference: Benjo Basas, national chairperson, 09205740241
April 23, 2015
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