Recently, people from the Philippine-American Educational Foundation visited our school for a little presentation, hosted by a a representative of the said foundation who is also part of the Ateneo de Davao Faculty and Staff. Though, at some point, I would come to agree that education in the foreign countries, like the United States is much better than education here in the Philippines. But for a certain degree, something deep inside tells me, that I should start the PC, go to my write panel and bring up this article.
Why? Because for a certain degree, I do not agree, or let’s say we do not favor the objective of the said foundation. Not that we are underestimating fellow Filipino Teens. It’s just that *not everyone* has the chance to get educated abroad, although they have the talents and capabilities, nevertheless *not everyone* can even attend classes inside our country, and how much more, not even a fourth of all students may get reasonable, quality education inside our country!
We, as Filipinos and proud of being what we are should stop relying on foregin education, it’ll lead to nothing, but to the downfall of our own society. It’s the dependency that restrains us from progressing into a better country. With debts, the dependency of other nations, again, we won’t come much further. I don’t understand why we even have to do this? Why do we need to educate our fellow Filipino in other countries?
It’s simply because education inside the Philippines lacks efficiency and quality, and it really does. Even at popular schools and some that I’ve come to visit. But do you guys seriously think that educating *some of us* outside the country will help to the overall development of our nation? It will definitely not. Just suggesting, why don’t you, instead of sending students outside and wasting all that money to get FILIPINOS educated in AMERICAN STYLE, concentrate to make the Philippine Education much more better?
It lacks in all aspects, I’ve got to say. Cheaters there, cheaters here. If a quiz is going on and the teacher is a bit unattentive, you can see people roaming around the room, people looking at other people’s paper, and some even opening the textbooks. With this educational style that you are serving us, the Philippines would still be the present Philippines in the next few generations, if not, then worse.
Education is important, yes I know. Education in foreign territory will help *the individual*, yes I know. But, the country would not benefit at all from that. We might be proud of the very few how make big in the international scene, but look at our country, you ain’t see such in the Philippines.
Again, it’s not the country, nor the school that matters where you study in, but the education that the said country and school offers is what counts. Well, it’s not the fault of the students if they have not been thaught well? Nevertheless is it their fault if they’ve not tasted what discipline is all about and nor is it our fault if the Philippines won’t progress in the coming years. With more and more Philippines interested to get out of the country, less and lesser Pinoys *who know something* stay. It can’t continue this way. It can’t continue this way.
TAMA! Edukasyon ng sarili nating bansa ang kinakailangan pahusayan, di nang nagdedepent lang tayo sa ibang mga bansa!
Dude, are you just envious of those students that are/were sent abroad to study. That’s why you posted this comments. Grow up…
You guys always say you don’t want to leave the Philipippines, etc… etc… but the first opportunity you get of getting out of the country you jump at the chance.
GET REAL !!!!!!!!
@joan – oh really?
you don’t get my point, do you? we cannot rely on other countries forever, we need to solve our internal issues with education. don’t you think so?
admu is active in exchange edu. they help us, we help them… dud u know that other country is praising us because of the way our prof. teach on them, as a student theres nothing problem on that exchange education..
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To the extent that education abroad produces potential leaders that will do good things for the development of the country, a foreign education would be beneficial for the country. It also depends on the field you're specializing in; some courses are better taught here than abroad. Students should choose freely where they want to get their education, and it would be best if they share their time, energy, and talents into making the Philippines a better place.
I agree with the above comment. Ignorance about new ideas around the world or even too much pride of one’s country will lead to its falling behind in world status.
Many societies, including ancient civilizations, have grown successful economically and sociologically through adapting other cultures and ideas into their own (for example, the Romans being largely influenced by the traditions of Greece; Meiji Era Japan accepting Western Ideology, leading to its modernization and emergence as the first Asian industrialized nation).
The problem with the Philippines is that due to its geography, (instead of a single landmass, the country consists of 7107 islands) the local tribes were unable to form their own advanced empires and keep up with the rest of the world–allowing the Spanish to colonize the country for hundreds of years, followed by the United States until 1946. The Spanish and American colonizations of the Philippines can be seen as both adverse and beneficial, despite the repression of the people and culture; Spain and the U.S. brought new ideas and methods to the Philippines. Also, Jose Rizal, well aware of the opportunities in Europe, studied medicine in Spain, France, and Germany to further his knowledge.
Though I feel that the Philippines is very much lacking in pride, due to the ubiquitous corruption in the country’s government, and overall disdain towards the President, Filipinos perceive foreign goods and services as more superior to the Philippines’ (though this mentality can be seen in any country). However, you must accept the fact that Philippine universities are not internationally renowned, or even renowned in Asia–if you look at any world ranking of universities, there are either no Philippine universities on the list or our top universities in ‘Pinas are low on the list. Perhaps that is due in part of the lack of funds for research opportunities for the universities, but the main reason is that the country is not wealthy enough and the government is not making the right decisions to improve the country’s education standards. That is why many people there desire an opportunity to study abroad.
My Korean friends tell me that many people from South Korea desire to study abroad in the United States due to its high educational standards there and that many wish to be accepted into Ivy League schools such as Harvard or Stanford or top public schools such as UC Berkeley, or UCLA. My roommate’s family, for example, emigrated from S. Korea to California so that she and her sister could have a better education, as was the same with my family. Though the case with my father was that he was too poor in the Philippines to complete his college education, therefore, he received his diploma in California when he was well into his 40s! Unfortunately, many people cannot receive a fruitful college education in the Philippines due to financial problems. There is a large correlation between a country’s wealth and its educational standards.
You said that “why don’t you, instead of sending students outside and wasting all that money to get FILIPINOS educated in AMERICAN STYLE, concentrate to make the Philippine Education much more better?” Well, I ask you, how can education in the Philippines’ be improved without some NEW ideas? Yes, cheating and corruption (students’ parents paying the principal to change their childrens’ grades) is widespread. Rules just need to be more strictly enforced. For example, during the SATs, (a test required for American high schoolers that is a large determinant whether they will be accepted to the college of their choice) any form of cheating is prohibited and the proctors keep a watchful eye on you at all times, and if you’re caught cheating, your test will be immediately confiscated and you’d waste $45 for nothing. Though educational PRACTICES are different…through learning new methods of teaching, (hence, why international university teaching conferences are held every year) teaching methods can be improved.
Hopefully the ideas OFWs learn in 1st world countries can be brought back to the Philippines to improve the country. Sorry for going on a tangent, but I feel that a growing problem is that more and more Filipino-Americans are too complacent and indifferent about the situation in the Philippines. I feel that if more ideas can be spread and the people’s close-mindedness would cease, improvement will definitely ensue. Despite President Arroyo’s infamous term in office, she greatly improved the Philippine economy and earned the Philippines a better reputation amongst foreign investors–due to her knowledge of economics and business from both the United States and the Philippines.