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IMHO, it is a combination of work ethic, national policies, and general circumstance. Its too long winded and complicated to dissect. We are just living the consequences of our forefathers’ actions.
Their system really leads into memorization but at least everyone gets “free and compulsory” education up until highschool.
I am not sure about what is our case in the Philippines. I know it is “free” but not “compulsory”. That is the sad case. Plus, no offense intended to public schools, some are really sacrificing the quality of education because of so many factors to mention.
At least there I think that education manuals as well as curriculum is strictly monitored by the Ministry of Education.
But in my experience, memorizing basic facts is highly appreciated. It will eventually lead you into critical thinking. Its like having a solid foundation into a making a building.
My only real tangible complain is our curriculum here in the Philippines. In the first few years of college, we still need retake whatever we took in HighSchool and Gradeschool as well. And what is worse, it is all “basic”!!! I mean why do we even have basic algebra again in college?!? Other countries dont have any trace of those subjects when you reach college.
There should be a overhaul in our education system in that aspect. I know its harder for the kids but they will eventually appreciate it.
By their highschool system you will be getting the “hard and complete” introduction courses to more advance fields of Science and Math, like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Trigonometry, Calculus and stuff. Those subj though pain are really gauges on what field you have an affinity for. Here, it is not really a thorough survey of these subjects. You get to repeat it in college once more but taking what you are supposed to had taken back in HS.
That is my take on that issue.
I agree. The educational system here in RP is a ‘repressive’ one. It never gives room for others to succeed or have a second chance in exceling.
Here, we are asked to memorize too but how long can we store in our minds what we’ve memorized? Teachers only give a short span of attention on a certain something before proceeding to another one. The Japanese students memorize because they know they’ll be needing it when they grow up. Filipino students memorize only because they need to pass the subject.
I came from a public high school and I felt really sorry for the state of our education. Nevermind the old classrooms and chairs, it’s the human resource that must be overhauled. Attitude and motivation are the true keys to success. I never believed in what’s written on my report cards. Those are just merely numbers used by our teachers to judge our performances. We know ourselves and we know where we can really excel.
Sa ibang bansa, kahit mga high school graduates lang or hindi na nakatapos ng pag-aaral, binibigyan ng chance na magtagumpay sa field na gusto nila. Suportado pa sila ng gobyerno nila at ng mga civic groups. Eh dito, may diploma ka na nga, kung hindi ka naman galing sa kilalang school eh mamatahin ka pa. That’s how superficial we are. At kung hindi ka nakatapos ng pag-aaral, hahayaan ka na lang na mabulok.
If the government is planning to add middle school in our system, I’m willing to support it. Napapagiwanan na talaga kasi tayo. In middle school , we can all have those basic, so-called ‘general education’ subjects in college. In high school, there we can master the higher levels of our subjects. And finally in college, we can master our own craft.
I agree with fujiringo-san. The educational system in the Philippines is how Albert Einstein exactly describes it.
Also, I do support the K-12 system. It is really a good way for high school graduates to get a job. Dito lang talaga sa Pilipinas ang superficial at matapobre ang standards, well, compared to other countries.
I know that some of my co-interns during OJT were at least, better than me.
Blame it on limited job creations. That’s usually the excuse of some companies who think that “Ah, ganito. Dapat Big 4 lang, ah?” For me, even though I am graduating from DLSU, when I started my OJT, at least I have applied what I have learned and at the same time I knew to myself that my co-interns who came from non-Big 4 schools have a better direction than mine.
Even my gay buddy said that “Bakit sikat ang Miriam College, St. Paul Pasig, Assumption?” Again, people may insist that it still depends on the student, but ask him and he will disagree. Even DLSU has its own flaws–it does not give ample generosity to most introverts who are willing to be on the Dean’s List, unless masipag lang talaga sila (well, slackers not allowed to be DL unless they’re just lucky). Also, you need the right set of friends in order to maintain your grades. Therefore, in college, the concept of “it’s in the student” applies–to some extent. Crab mentality and nega vibes are also rampant in DLSU since competition is also rampant, and the only way you could get a 3.0 as your GPA is the number of friends you get in order to help you with your homework (not joking about this one). In Japan and in the US, it’s different. You are given more room to excel, and there are reasons why there are Filipinos who study abroad rather than in the Philippines–they’re not as superficial when it comes to track record, credentials and also, if you come from a not-so famous school, you’re going to be interrogated.
Usually, Filipino students who come from abroad are given MORE chances to excel because educational system overseas is much, much better–so they’re lucky, unlike in the Philippines, introverts are not given enough chances to express themselves, even in college. Actually, the only way introverts could excel is to interact with students who have a different degree program or other batches who would accept them (in my own experience, it’s a matter of luck that I got a grade of 3.0 and above if I’m with a group that comes from different degree programs, and at the same time from different colleges–dapat hindi nega vibes rin ang mararanasan mo). What hinders an introvert to excel with or without effort are the dominant population–and those are know-it-alls who often contribute to crab mentality, people with a diva, matapobre and prima donna attitude, well, several factors that would actually hinder them to express themselves–which are often made fun by the dominant group.
S’yempre, crab mentality, hindi ba? If there are good reforms in the educational system of the Philippines, it will lessen the number of know-it-all people who contribute to crab mentality and also, it will also oppress them at the same time. Remember what I said, the ideal society is when know-it-alls will be more oppressed and introverts will be given special treatment. I do not ask for perfection, but I do ask for compatibility–high school should be more focused on academics, and not on good looks. In my own experience, you have to be good-looking in high school since popularity will alleviate all your burdens (follow the beauty standards and you’re okay). However, if you don’t do this, then you’re left behind. Ganyan ka-superficial ang high school if the society of your high school and your family background isn’t compatible with one another.
Until now, it’s still the good looks, face value and assets that dominate the Philippine society–even in the music industry, it’s not spared. Even in the entertainment industry, it’s also rampant, even though Japan also has this kind of standard.
After all, fitting in is about following the beauty standards set by the Filipino society. That’s how you’ll be accepted, whether if it’s false acceptance or not, for as long as you feel like yourself.
However, the truth is: Fuck society!