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COLONIAL EDUCATION AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN PHILIPPINE

EDUCATION

This type of education played a profound effect on the future of the Filipino people. For one, an
American education meant that instruction was in English. At the start of American colonialism,
English became the official language of the Philippines. Students were not only taught in
English, but they were required to read, write and speak the foreign language as well. This has
several negative implications since it meant forcefully erasing their native tongue. Instead of
educating and informing the people, Americans methods of teaching was meant to train
Filipinos so that they manifest into the ideal colonial. They were brainwashed into believing
certain sets of information and values, which may not necessarily have been applicable to the
Filipino people. Moreover, teaching practices did not comprise of the student-teacher model
but rather paralleled the student-soldier. Rather than assisting, nurturing and helping a student
flourish mentally, they enforced strict rules and policies. Thus, education was treated as an
instrument of colonial policy instead of a tool to free the people from illiteracy and ignorance.
Overall, the education of a Filipino was another way for American colonists to subjugate a
people and gain power. With the support of the United States government and its military
leaders, American interests were at the center of the school system. As a result of colonialism,
the educational system in the Philippines still mirrors that of Americas system. For example,
English continues to be a widely spoken language in the Philippines. Moreover, schools do not
stress Americans discriminatory and prejudice acts and still view them as liberators and
allies despite their imperialistic policies. Ultimately, by gaining control over education, they
were able to reshape history and alter the memory of the Filipino people.

QUALITY EDUCATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

In our desire to improve the quality of Education in the Philippines,


our top priority for reform and change, we sometimes look on
computers as a panacea or universal remedy for the ills of Philippine
education. It is felt in some quarters that if we put our children in
the barrios in contact with computers, we shall put them on the path
of rapid progress and on the way to the twenty-one first century. To
use the terms now being used by President Benigno Noynoy
Aquino III, we shall jumpstart the towards development and help
them leapfrog into the future. After we have clarified with the school
heads and teachers what they want the computers for and what
they will want the computers to do for them, after we have
determined the teaching programs we want for the pupils and
trained the teachers to be able to handle these programs, then it is
time to discuss the machines and the configuration or the machine
with its peripherals or side equipment to be set up and bought. In
this way the investment is worthwhile and we can use the computer
as a tool, to jumpstart our children towards development and to help
them leapfrog int the twenty one first century. However, the
computer will remain a tool; more than the use of the tool, the
concepts of science and their principles as well as their applications
in technology or engineering are what will jumpstart Filipinos into
the twenty one first century, not the computers.

Mark Paul M. Parulan


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September 16, 2016