Originally posted February 26, 2007
Excerpt from the Philippine Daily Inquirer
Escudero also suggested a revision of public schoolsâ€™ curriculum that would reduce the number of regular subjects taught to students – from the current eight to 11, to six – as one way to reduce the classroom shortage.
Essential subjects, he said, would include Languages, including English and Filipino, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or History, Computer and Good Manners and Right Conduct.
Subjects like trigonometry, calculus, geometry, and algebra, should be taught only in college or as high school electives since these are not relevant to the everyday life of Filipinos, he said.
If you think that’s not enough, look at what he said in his privilege speech:
PRIVILEGE SPEECH OF REP. ESCUDERO
Mr. Speaker, ang isang dahilan kung bakit kada taon marami tayong classrooms na kinakailangan ay dahil napakaraming nasisira sa kakulangan ng supisyenteng pondo para i-maintain at i-repair lang sana ang mga classrooms na ito.
Secondly, Mr. Speaker, we should and we propose that the curriculum be restudied. Mr. Speaker, I know that this will generate a lot of debate but I hope that our colleagues will listen for awhile. Sa ngayon, umaabot sa nine to eleven ang subjects ng ating mga estudyante sa elementary at high school. Nakukuba na ang ating mga estudyante sa kakabitbit ng napakaraming libro. Subalit ang tanong ko ho: Ito ba ay angkop pa rin sa pangangailangan ng ating bansa sa ngayon? Ang kanila po bang pinag-aralan ay nagagamit nila sa kanilang buhay sa labas ng paaralan at magagamit kapagka sila ay naghanap ng trabaho?
I can only cite myself as an example, Mr. Speaker, but mula po nung natapos ako nung high school hindi ko pa nagamit ang Calculus, hindi ko pa ho nagamit and Trigonometry, hindi ko pa ho nagamit and Algebra, iyung Geometry, sa bilyar ko lang nagamit. At iyong mga ibang itinuturo ay marapat sigurong ituro sa kolehiyo kung nais maging inhinyero ng isang bata. Iyong mga ibang itinuturo, marapat sigurong ibigay na lamang nating sa kanila sa kolehiyo o bilang elective pagdating ng high school. link
I guess the ‘good’ congressman forgot that most high school students won’t grow up to be lawmakers who waste time by making really retarded statements. Algebra, Trigonometry, Chemistry and similar subjects stimulate critical thinking and this prepares them for the more challenging topics that they’ll face in college or in the work environment. Yes, knowing Euclid’s postulates and ionic bonds won’t help a future lawyer, but geometric concepts could come handy for an architect or engineer. Using your brain to think logically in solving problems didn’t kill anyone and there’s no reason for us stop making high school students use this faculty.
A lot of people will be voting for Escudero because he’s cute. Some people even say he looks like Bamboo MaÃ±alac. I don’t recall Bamboo having gigantic craters on his face. What Chiz needs aside from a lobotomy is a nice, luxurious and affordable skin resurfacing treatment. Come to think of it, he might need more than one.
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