IT SEEMS like yesterday that we ended the month of February, now we are past half the month of March. We start to hear the music of graduations and moving ups. And quite soon, we hear again the parents getting ready for the school opening. How time flies, but this is the reality. The quick ticking of time is brought about by the swiftness of technology, that we often forget our humanity.
Education is one of the best legacies we can leave to the future generations. If we do not provide them the proper education, how can they face their future.
Education is not a perfect process, but an ongoing process of teaching individuals how to cope with the realities of their time. History and Humanities are taught to help one appreciate the past and apply the lessons in the present and in the future. Sciences should provide alternative and easy solutions to the problems brought about by the complexities of living and non-living beings.
Research should move us forward in discovering new ideas and mechanisms that would give a brighter future for the generations to come. The Culture and the Arts must be taught so that we could preserve the best of our times and be proud of sharing them with the future. Education should be enjoyable and should make us better persons.
To educate most of the population in the Philippines, basic education is free. The government subsidizes the education of the young. Private schools are there for students to have options.
When one compares education in public and private schools, it is like comparing two apples of the same color, shape, and size. Education is a universal reality. Knowledge given in private schools are the same knowledge given in public schools. The only difference is the method and the opportunities.
If one wants an education tailored to his needs, then he goes for private education. If one wants a general type of education, he goes to a public school. That is how simple it should be.
Today, public schools are competing with private schools. They “pirate” teachers by offering higher salaries and more benefits. They show the world that in government service, there is a future. They are correct and their motivational strategies are great. But wait. All these are OUR money. Soon, with all these things taxes will go up for the government to sustain what they have offered.
Anyway, education should be viewed from the end of the students. What will you do with something cheap that you cannot use well. What shall we do with free when it is just a sample.
So, once again for a specialized education, go to private schools, and for general education, there are public schools. There is no need to compete. There is a need to educate.
Congratulations to TUP-Visayas on the celebration of your 40th anniversary of giving education to the young. My special congratulations to Dr. Validor.
St. Ezekiel Moreno, Sts. Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod; Pope St. John Paul II; Mons. John Liu and Su; Fr. Cornelio Moral, OAR and Fr. Loreto Dacanay, OAR; Manoy Bill and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 18, 2017.
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