Friday, August 13, 2010

"Palisi sa Wika"

I don't regret enlisting in Sir Iniego's class. I was just forced before to enlist on his class out of great need to have 1 GE for i'm not allowed to be underload since I have a scholarship. It's not just because this subject is UNO able (i'm so GC, =D) but its because I get to learn many things out of the discussions. Being an Aral Pil subject, I'm expecting this to be a history subject. However, it deals with less of the history and focuses more on the contemporary Philippines as the product of what transpired in the history. Just after few meetings of discussion, my sense of nationalism was stirred and I get to understand more of the present Philippines. I deem it important to understand first your own country before you can learn to appreciate it and love it. Sadly, many of us Filipinos don't really know even our own history, and worse, our own identity. It's like being foreigners in our own land. Hence, we comprehend less why particular things exists currently in our country - these problems and the different situations this nation is into. Many people are misled and many are ignorant. Thankfully, through Sir Iniego, I get to see the clear picture of the Philippines as a nation. [one trivia: Sir Iniego was jailed two times because of fighting for the truth and taking a firm stand on his ideals against the corrupt leaders we've had. One was during the Marcos regime and I don't know when the other one happened].

Just last meeting, we were discussing about "wika". I just knew that we have a policy concerning the national language of the Philippines. According to Article 14, Sec. 6-7, "Filipino" should be the prime medium of communication and medium of instruction in education. However, I think this doesn't reflect the present situation in our education system. Primarily, it's because many believe it's too difficult to adopt to the new way of teaching especially in teaching the sciences and mathematics in which there are too many technical terms and majority of which still don't have direct translation in Filipino. Many people raise their voice against this mandate of the law. Another argument they voice out is that it doesn't help much in the current wave of globalization - that instead of pushing forward into advancement, we step backward. Sir Iniego doesn't believe in the previous arguments. These, accordingly, are borne out of wrong ideas and not understanding well the situation. Instead of having a hard time in understanding the lessons, he believed that it would give way to a better learning. Students get to express more openly and interact more within the classrooms. They will appreciate more the lessons that they will, consequently, perform better and absorb the things faster and get to appreciate it deeper. Philippines has been using English as the medium of instruction but the situation we're in stays the same and it's like it doesn't really help a lot in a major way towards nation building. Accordingly, one of the reasons behind why some are so against it is that they see the wrong side of the movement as a Tagalog imperialism or i.e. Tagalog dominating over the other languages in the Philippines like Cebuano, Ilocano, etc. The anti-s believe few comprehend well the Tagalog language so it wouldn't make any difference towards nation building. However, Filipino language is not really similar to the language of the Tagalogs. Filipino is a mixture of all the different languages of the country and it will be continuously enriched with all the different languages of our country. And moreover, the policy of the Filipino language as the medium of instruction doesn't explicitly say that it should be immediately followed. It states that until it's not yet fully ready to completely use Filipino as the medium of instruction, it will still go hand in hand with English. It's a step by step process and it's like starting on the basic level and gradually we will level things up until we are fully ready to embrace the new way of education.

However, the sad thing with this is that we don't conform to this mandate of the constitution. The worst thing is that even former-president Gloria Arroyo is one of the main violators of this mandate when she put into order exexutive no. 210.

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