Beginning this week, this blog will start turning to the past -the events of a year ago and the crisis ever since. the first such anniversary to pass, unremarked, was the passing away of columnist Teddy Benigno, who had warned of doom and gloom. Since my latest discovery are the Analects of Confucius, I’ve decided to tie the coming blog series -“What we’ve learned”- with extracts from them.
For today, however, the resumption of classes in the public schools has led to an orgy of reportage and commentary on the crisis of education in the country.
The Inquirer editorial looks at why the President makes boo-boos such as her window-dressing classroom figures, meaning a propaganda triumph has been reduced to today’s news that the President “admits” there’s a problem in education. Hello?
The Inquirer continues with more alarming statistics concerning literary and education (and some heartening developments that offer prospects of reversing the grim trends in education). My column today, Suffer the little children, points to discouraging statistics and encouraging developments, too. As my column suggests, the problem may indeed be teachers too obsessed with quizzes as a way of wasting time.
Susan Roces puts an end to the scuttlebutt and says she will send a representative to the ceremony in which her late husband will be formally proclaimed a national artist and conferred the insignia of membership in the Order of National Artists.
In the punditocracy, Billy Esposo suggests a cabal of former military types has been given virtual carte blanche to manage threats to national security. Efren Danao heaps blame on both houses, saying the present 13th Congress is the worst, ever.
Circular logic: by trotting out their own (and not even commissioned) survey, the tireless folks at Sigaw ng Bayan can then justify commentary along the lines of Rita Jimeno’s, who says she’s surprised intellectuals and the wealthy oppose their version of constitutional change. Seduction is attempted -don’t you know under our system you can do better, because we will eliminate the competition?- a kind of appeal to class solidarity. And if that doesn’t work, dire threats are made, of class conflict: we will paint you as reactionaries, because we are the embodiment of the people. The biggest proof to my mind that they do not deserve support is that they will not even grant to their opponents the sincerity of their convictions (intellectual or otherwise). Fr. Joaquin Bernas bluntly says it’s the Marcos script all over again. Go Figure, by the way, points to Winnie Monsod’s 2-column series on the presidential versus parliamentary system.
Bulatlat unveils the latest permutation of the National Democratic line: forget engaging in above-ground politics. Persecution means renewed emphasis on armed struggle.
In the blogosphere, Torn & Frayed writes the perfect capsule review. Big Mango points to the DepEd website and also asks, what if local governments were empowered to take education reform in their own hands?
Edwin Lacierda suggests the sub judice rule be scrapped as outdated.
Madame Chiang reminds us of the Tiananmen Square massacre, which detained party list Rep. Crispin Beltran famously said was OK. Speaking of China (and the kowtowing of corporations to the ruling party of), Newsstand says British journalists are asking for a Yahoo boycott.