Academic Freedom - An Ideal Lost in the Philippines
In the Philippines, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) defines what courses should be in the General Education Curriculum in Higher Education. And recently, CHED has ordered colleges in the Philippines to retain the teaching of Filipino.
|Above copied from The Rappler|
Here at Georgetown University, the faculty decides what goes into a curriculum. For instance, the School of Foreign and Service and the Business School of Georgetown are currently moving towards adding a science requirement in their general education program. Just to illustrate how much academic freedom, higher institutions of learning in the United States enjoy, one can look at the work of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA). Since 2009, ACTA has been evaluating the general education in American universities. In the first report they gave Harvard University a grade of "D":
Six years later, in the most recent report, What WIll They Learn 2015-16?, by ACTA, Harvard still gets a "D".
Georgetown gets a slightly better grade.
Still, higher institutions of learning in the United States are clearly different from those in the Philippines.
Infringement of academic freedom in higher institutions of learning is serious especially in this case where a specific language is being imposed on everyone. Sadly, this imposition comes as a government response to the demands by one of the groups in the Philippines that is likewise against DepEd's K to 12.
This blog is against DepEd's K to 12, but it is also against infringements of academic freedom. This blog is against linguistic hegemony. Colleges should choose what needs to be taught based on academic reasons alone.