A blog that tackles issues on basic education (in the Philippines and the United States) including early childhood education, the teaching profession, math and science education, medium of instruction, poverty, and the role of research and higher education.
"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein
Basic education can benefit from programs in higher education if resources to train teachers especially in math and the sciences are provided. Focusing the additional funds to these areas is necessary to address the problems in elementary and high school education. Financially disadvantaged students who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching or research should be considered as top priority. Instead of spending the funds for all, one can then augment the tuition scholarship with stipends or cost of living allowances. These additional support are imperative especially for poor students who not only have difficulties paying tuition, but also find transportation, clothing and food as real daily challenges. President Duterte, unlike Congress, seems to understand priorities. We can only hope that he continues in the years to come. Good job and a happy new year.