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Keeping kids in school

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I recently caught a TV journalist’s encounter with three boys hauling farm produce as she chanced upon them on a mountain trail. She asked them if they go to school at all, and the boys answered yes. But they had been absent for two days to earn some money for their family. I encountered a similar case first-hand a few years ago when my research team chanced upon a little girl selling delicacies at the passenger dock in Masbate as we awaited the ferry to Pilar, Sorsogon. We were on a field study on rural poverty, and decided to interview our young subject. Asked if she goes to school, she said yes. But she had to work on that particular day, she explained, as the family direly needed money. This scenario is played out every day all over the country.

Posted: March 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Intervention needed

The pot of gold at the end of the basic-education rainbow is the high school diploma. Most of our high school seniors will be receiving theirs by the end of March. For the graduating students of “Yolanda”-hit towns, it will be a wait of another two weeks.

Posted: March 23rd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

School leaders call for moral revolution against corruption

We, the presidents of Ateneo de Manila University, Miriam College, and the University of the Philippines, join our faculty, staff and students in their deep concern about, and condemnation of, the misuse of public funds by unscrupulous government officials and their conniving associates. We stand in unity, driven by a keen desire to end the deeply entrenched culture of corruption and patronage in our political system.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Lights and shadows

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I often quoted Mark Twain in many intermediate-pad essays way back in my school days (which, up until now, I am unable to escape).

Posted: September 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The PMA ‘mystique’

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Last SaturdaY, the Philippine Military Academy held its annual general membership meeting at Camp Aguinaldo with Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as guest of honor.

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

10-year basic education only needs funds

The philosopher Pascal said, “If you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there.” It appears that nowadays Pascal’s road is becoming the course of many a policymaker.

Posted: January 7th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A law that can make PH a leader

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I approached the school—high in the hills of northern Luzon—with a bit of trepidation. It was late in the day, and schools that lack the joyous cacophony of children playing always seem a little eerie to me.

Posted: November 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

My bully Araceli

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With so many stories about bullying surfacing lately, now we hear even the gorgeous model Tyra Banks admit that she was also bullied when she was a skinny 11-year-old. On the local level, we recently heard of the adult who pointed a gun at the head of a high school student inside a campus in an exclusive subdivision in Makati.

Posted: November 12th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Knives, guns on campus

How should a student respond when he or she becomes the object of bullying?

Posted: October 16th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Change or die

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It began on a rather freakish note. From out of the blue, The Varsitarian, UST’s school organ, came out swinging at Ateneo and La Salle, calling them “cowards and lemons,” and their faculty a bunch of “intellectual pretenders and interlopers.”

Posted: October 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The uses of education

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If I were a young parent today with the choice of where to send my child for basic education, which school would I choose? There is no simple answer. One’s choice of school would depend, first of all, on the kind of education one thinks his child needs. In turn, this would depend on the kind of prospects in life a parent wishes the child to have in the future.

Posted: June 2nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Some things don’t mix

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Some valuable truths underlie Oplan Bayanihan, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 16-month-old internal peace and security plan. Chief among them are that the various insurgent groups in the Philippines are unlikely to be beaten by force alone, that better standards of living can curb the roots of the rebellions, and that the military could [...]

Posted: April 24th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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