A couple of weeks ago, I got a real shock. I was floored.
Well, I was talking with a young person that I know. I won’t name the person, because it might be embarrassing for her. I don’t intend it to be that way, but it might happen, and I don’t want that.
This girl that I was talking with is a very smart young lady. She graduated from high school recently, and was one of the top students in her class. I was so proud of her when she accomplished this, and on top of her educational accomplishment, she was also involved with many different extracurricular activities at her school too, making for a very well-rounded person.
Well, while we were talking, somehow we got onto the subject of geography. I was shocked that she did not know what City was the Capital of the United States of America. I started asking her other questions on all kinds of subjects, and on probably 75% of the questions she did not know the answer. It wasn’t like “let me try to remember…” it was more the fact that these are things that she had never learned. Amazing.
Honestly, how could a person (regardless of what country they are from) not know that Washington, D.C. is the Capital City of the United States. The Philippines gets a lot of aid from the USA, so the Philippines is rather closely tied to the USA. USAid, the American organization that assists developing countries around the world, dumps a ton of money into Mindanao, and even assists in educating kids in the area where this girl went to school.
Don’t take me wrong, I am not blaming this girl for her lack of knowledge, not at all. She is a very bright individual. Who am I blaming? The school. The Department of Education of the Philippines. I regularly see Department of Education approved textbooks that are full of mis-information, and just outright wrong information. How can these books be approved in the first place? Who is minding the store?
Now, I know what people are going to say… “But, Bob, if it is that bad, why are you sending your kids to school there?” Well, let me put that to rest. This girl went to a Public School. My kids are in a Private School, and a very good one at that. Just to put my mind at ease, I asked my kids a lot of the same question that the girl had been unable to answer, and they know most all of the answers. The answers came from their mouths rapidly, and without much effort. I feel comfortable that a good Private School in the Philippines is as good as schools in the USA. When I compare my kids to their cousins of the same age in the USA, my kids are actually ahead of them.
But, going back to this Public School educated girl, it just makes me wonder…. what does the future of the Philippines hold? How can the country grow and prosper under the leadership of a generation that virtually knows nothing about the world around them. Don’t blame the kids… blame the Government educators for the state of the Children of the Philippines.
It still shocks me.