primary purpose of Catholic schools in the Philippines is not really to
educate but to indoctrinate. The reason they exist is to insure that the
power and influence the Church wields is carried forward onto succeeding
generations. That is the raison d'être for every school, college and
university run by Catholic clergy all across the country.
Thus the Roman Catholic
Church is doing very well in this Southeast Asian country. Elsewhere, the
church might be rocked by scandals or find it difficult to replenish its
ranks, but not so in the Philippines. With an exploding population, and an
almost rabid form of Catholicism, the country is fertile ground for the
recruitment of new members of the clergy who are then “exported” to all
corners of the globe. This ideal situation the Catholic Church finds itself
in did not occur by happenstance. It has taken almost half a millennium of
careful crafting. And Catholic schools play a central role in making the
It started centuries ago
with the creation of Catholic elementary schools for the middle and upper
classes of Philippine society—young boys and girls who would one day hold positions of
power and authority. Starting from the tender ages of five or six, these
children are indoctrinated not only with the tenets of the Catholic faith,
but with behavior and traits that the Church deems beneficial to its
continued survival. These young Filipino boys and girls learn to be
timid and compliant; they are taught never to question the authority of the
Church; they are instructed
to treat with disdain anything that undermines Church teachings; They are
told that no matter
the evil they do, as long as they remain loyal to the Church and ask for
forgiveness, they will be forgiven; and they are made to understand from
very early on that
their existence on this earth is nothing but a brief, almost insignificant
prelude to an afterlife that will last for all eternity.
During the Spanish colonial
period such indoctrination made it possible for just a "handful" of Spaniards to
control—oftentimes oppressively—an entire population. And
today, the Catholic Church continues what the crafty Spanish friars started
nearly half a millennia ago.
One of the most egregious
consequences of Catholic education in the Philippines has been the
de-emphasis of science education among Filipinos. Many Filipinos would
rather pray for a miracle than work at finding a solution to a problem. And while some
would argue that Catholic run colleges and universities have science
departments, the truth is that, those departments exist simply to obfuscate
the fact that science is actually systematically deemphasized in those institutions. And the
proof is in the pudding. Where are the Filipino Nobel laureates? Where are
the scientific papers authored by Filipino scientists? Where are the
inventions created by brilliant Filipino minds? And where is all that
scientific research that should be going on in these Catholic institutions
of higher learning?
Are there Filipinos with
great scientific minds? Of course there are! And there would be a lot more
of them if the Government steps in and corrects the mis-education that the
Catholic Church in the Philippines has been promoting all these centuries.
But will that ever happen? Probably not because most positions
in government, from the president of the country on down, are held by
graduates of Catholic schools. So, touché Catholic Church. Congratulations,
you have stacked the deck in your favor. You win! But who loses? If you
happen to be
in the Philippines, just look around you at the third-world country it has
become. Then decide who the real losers are.
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Name: Temple Warrior City/State/Country: Invisible College
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About four centuries ago, the Spaniards of old also vigorously denied Filipinos to learn, among other trivial stuff, the Spanish language, that stifled their ability to fully understand the system of deception being imposed on them. How ironic can it be that the age-old system of trickery is still going on and some would how many more centuries it will take for Filipinos to stop complaining, put their foot down and say 'enough is enough'. Courage, my friends, serious courage!
Name: mockingmaya City/State/Country: taft avenue, manila
IP Address: 220.127.116.11
It seems that Philippine democracy is not a panacea. The Filipino people have problem finding employment & sending their children to school: joining the globalized exploited maids is one of the options. One of the tragedies of a member of modern slavery is that a Filipino or Filipina maid can be a victim of brutal rape, torture, prolonged
imprisonment without trial, institutionalized violence, impunity, and so on. Do you think the Filipino Cardinals, Bishops, or the Pope can make an exploited Filipino maid whole? Of course, they would invoke UDH as universal protection.
Name: anthone City/State/Country: austin,tx IP
Maganda ang tapat na sinasabi ng inyong 'editorial' ngayon. Ako ay nagtapos sa isang paaralang mga madre at pari ang namamahala at dahil doon, talagang 'luto' kami sa paniniwalang galing kami sa makasalanang lahi ni Adan. Sa takbo ng araw at sa matiyagang pagsasaliksi na rin, malaki ngayon ang hinala kong isang panloloko pala ang sa amin ay ibinigay sapagkat mahirap ipaliwanag ang pangyayaring kina Eva at Adan tayo nagmula. Naniniwala akong may 'lumikha', hanggang doon 'lang at dahil sa pangyayari na ginagawang palabas lamang ang pagpapako sa krus.nawala na rin sa akin ang noon ay sagradong bagay.( may kasunod)
Name: Dragonslayer City/State/Country: Kingsbridge IP
The need for better change in the PI (PI) educational system is clearly apparent; even the US school system, which some think it's super, is echoing the same issue. US schools, thus, student rank somewhat below in scholastic standing world-wide, however, no one is citing religion/s as one the reason they're lagging slightly behind in educational standards.
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