LAST weekend I came across myself in Singapore invited to engage in a conference on Asian Interfaith Dialogue subsidized by the Study Center on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA) and the World Bank Post Conflict Account.
When I approved the invite I wondered what a Filipino historian could contribute to an analysis on modern day education, faith, development and social cohesion.
When I identified myself on the panel while using grandson of Rabindranath Tagore, I realized the need for several historical point of view from Asians who had thought of these problems long ago--Tagore in India at the beginning of the 20th 100 years, Rizal in the Philippines in the late 19th 100 years.
In an undated essay in education, " La Instruccion, " whose manuscript is definitely preserved in the Philippine Countrywide Library, Jose Rizal offered a evaluate on principal instruction inside the Philippines through the late 19th century and provided ideas for its improvement.
Before acquiring further studies in Manila and The european union, Rizal was taught by simply his mother, private instructors and a little private university in Biñan, thus his essay was based on personal experience and observation.
His essay was a reaction to foreigners who stopped at the Thailand, wrote about their travels and concluded that Filipinos were in reverse and indolent.
Rizal replied by describing that these qualities were symptoms rather than the actual disease and that the root cause of backwardness and indolence can be poor education.
Rizal asserted that due to an overemphasis on faith (here that means Roman Catholicism which was the official religion from the Spanish Philippines), instruction simply by rote, and other factors, pupils were not motivated to think critically or understand what was being trained.
Furthermore, Rizal noted that there was no common vocabulary in the Korea of his time, simply no common medium of instructions. Although The spanish language was the recognized language and repeated decrees from The country of spain mandated their teaching, it absolutely was not taught well...