Engaging Students with Current Events
|Above copied from ABSCBN News|
The above are screen shots of an exam in Filipino grammar administered to a second-grade class. The topic is learning about adjectives but the examples chosen for the exam are relaying strong-handed messages. One sentence says, "Matataba at malalaki ang tiyan ng mga pulis" (Policemen have fat bellies). Another sentence says, "Abusado and mga pulis" (Policemen are abusive). It is clearly unnecessary to use statements that deride law enforcers just to provide examples of how adjectives are used in a sentence. Some may defend this as academic freedom. It is true that as academics, we, as teachers, have the right to pursue the truth. But academic freedom does not extend to a right to brainwash young impressionable children.