Last night the scuttlebutt concerned the President’s bungled public cabinet meeting, in which she ended up debating the Education Secretary on how best to fudge the numbers concerning classrooms. The news stories of course, do not capture the flavor of what happened the way Jove Francisco’s eyewitness account can. How best to explain the fudging that was bungled? Uniffors explains it mirthfully, comparing it to a passage from Alice in Wonderland:
Secretary of Education Fe Hiidalgo reported a classroom shortage of 6,832 based on a ratio of 45 students per classroom. Queen Taray disagreed. She said the classroom shortage would only be 1,000 if Hidalgo used a 100:1 ratio.
As the discussion over dinner went last night, based on the President’s logic, hold 24 hour marathon classes (half day classes, four times a day), and there would be no classroom shortage!
My Arab News column for this week is The Tragedy of Failing to Improve the Country With OFW Remittances.
For another view, which views migration with alarm, read Gail Ilagan: in a commencement speech she recently delivered, she argues that exporting people reflects a warped sense of priorities.
Greg Makabenta reminds us of the concern in some quarters among Filipinos abroad, over the manner in which they might be deprived of the vote. I first advocated the overseas vote in 1997 and continue to think it’s important.
Liu Xiabao on how China hasn’t confronted the horrors of the Cultural Revolution.
David Byrne has an exceedingly interesting entry on the “fair use” of photos of anonymous people.