Educational Philosophies of Great Heroes in the History of the Philippines
What if there is one thing you could change about the education that could almost instantly make it better?
Honestly speaking, there is. Studying the life and philosophies of great people just like the heroes of our country’s history can completely transform our educational views. Let us connect the dots between these heroes and their educational philosophies.
Andres Bonifacio believes that education is not a necessity to consider someone as intellectual. Someone could attain all possible educational degrees, yet could still be uneducated. It also does not guarantee that they are more intelligent than those whose degrees are lower than theirs. His educational philosophies are rooted from all his experiences since he stood as parents to his younger siblings.
Orphaned at a very young age, young Andres Bonifacio shouldered heavy responsibilities toward his siblings and to himself. As a result, he did not attain a high education. But the challenging circumstance did not weaken his determination and willingness to educate himself. He acquired learning through persistent reading and got inspired to follow the examples of great people.
Another hero, named as Apolinario Mabini is known as the “Sublime Paralytic” and “Heads of the Revolution.” His philosophies were more of religious matters. In fact, it was his mother’s dream for him to be a priest. Contrary to his mother’s wish Apolinario Mabini chose another profession. For him, it was not only through priesthood that we can serve God.
Apolinario Mabini is a product of our local educational institutions and just like Andres Bonifacio, he is highly regarded in education. Both of them came from poor background and experienced life’s hardships. But in the end, they proved to us that poverty is not a hindrance to achieve one’s dream.
The last one I am going to mention is Dr. Jose P. Rizal. He is a person who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was fortunate enough that he did not need to exert more effort towards his education. The fact that he was born in a well-to-do family gave him the opportunity to study not only in the Philippines but also overseas. Rizal was one of the Filipinos who opened our eyes to the importance of attaining a good education. Unlike Apolinario Mabini and Andres Bonifacio, Rizal’s life was well documented. These documentations provide all Filipinos an equal opportunity to reflect and utilize his ideas at the present.
It was highly evident from his deeds and writings where he supported the idea that education has this capacity to elevate a nation. Furthermore, education can develop the people’s mentality.
Since nation building and education has a strong connection, more schools should be established for the Filipinos. It serves as an open gate for Filipinos to attain equal access to literacy and education.
Rizal also pointed out that there is a need of education and emphasized that “ignorance is slavery.” According to his letter to the women of Malolos during the Spanish regime in the Philippines, that Asia’s backwardness is due to the fact that its people were denied of education. Women should be given the rights to attain education to be as powerful as Americans and Europeans through continuous reading.
Rizal had also become known with this line “Ang Kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan.” With that, it should be clearly understood that the teachers’ main responsibility is to educate the youth. It is a thought that should be given proper attention. Rizal believes that an educator must have an honorable personality in order to command respects of the students. The teacher needs prestige, reputation, moral strength and some freedom of actions.
In addition, it is necessary for teachers to be the authorities of both words and actions. They should be the epitome of virtues who teach by good examples. Rizal, in his letter to his sister Soledad also said that teachers should be better than their students. With that, educators shouldn’t get tired of studying, learning, experimenting and discovering new ideas for the benefit of all.
I can’t wait to hear what you think. No doubt that their philosophies are going to help you in one way or another.
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