Public Schools: A Teacher’s Checklist of Concerns

As a student, I would dream of new pens, bags, shoes and sets of our school uniform every June. My heart would light up whenever I ran the palm of my hand on a thick and smooth pad paper, remembering those carefree moments: no stress, unbound by responsibilities, oblivious of unpaid bills but conscientious when it comes…

Lumads of Davao del Sur: Students without a School

“Tak tak tak.” It’s the sound of a bolo hitting the chopping block, reducing rotten and rejected bananas from the plantation into small, circular pieces. The chopping would go on all afternoon until the sun turned golden and the shadows of the banana trees envelop the little town of Hagonoy, Davao del Sur. Three boys would…

Ispokening Dollar: ‘Weird Affectation’ sa Wikang Ingles

Bobo raw ang mga Pilipinong mahina sa wikang Ingles. Ipinagbubunyi naman natin ang mga kababayang bulol sa sariling wika pero may twang kung magsalita; yaong palagiang magkasundo ang subject-verb agreement; at iyong nakapagsusulat nang walang bahid at perpektong Ingles. Sila ang mga pinupuri, hinahanggaan at pinapalakpakan. Sa bansang tila paliparan lamang kung ituring ng marami,…

Ten Ideas I Never Learned in College

Many Filipinos spend their youth in school. With the new K-to-12 program, college students will be more than twenty years old upon graduation. By the time I become a senior citizen at age 60, I will happily recall the first two decades of my life as a student. In college, we have been bombarded with so much lessons,…