Even as we bask in the glory of our more than a hundred medals won so far by Filipino athletes in the ongoing Southeast Asian Games, we’re hit by news that’s sure to put a damper on our euphoria—the disheartening results of a global assessment of students around the world, where Filipino youth ranked at or very near the bottom of 79 countries in a multicountry test of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics and science. The
The news that the Philippines is No. 79 out of 79 countries in reading literacy, and number 78 in mathematics and science literacy—the bottom in one and second to the bottom in the other two—brings a sense of déjà vu. Remember when we were considered the basket case of Asia?