In August of 2011, JoeAm published a six-part series on the poor condition of Philippine public schools. In November 2011, he published an article regarding the same topic onblogwatch.tv. He argued for an internet based educational model that would supplant the impossibly bankrupt current educational model anchored by thousands of hollowblock schools, thousands of mediocre teachers, millions of tattered textbooks, and average classroom size of 45 kids each. The large classrooms assure that the smartest students will be "dumbed down" to the slowest pace possible.
It is therefore with great satisfaction that JoeAm read an article at philstar.com that quoted Senator Edgardo Angara, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture. From the article:
Angara, chair of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture, suggested the introduction of virtual classrooms to address the ever-present scarcity in physical resources especially in public schools.
"Imagine having enough virtual classrooms that we do not worry anymore about the lack of teachers, the lack of desks and the lack of books for every student," he stressed.
Angara explained Filipinos must be quick to study the new methodologies, new techniques and instruments in facilitating distance learning. To accomplish this, he said the country needs qualified professionals with a progressive vision.
Cause or coincidence, makes no difference. Good God, this good news. I hope Senator Angara is instrumental in changing the model of public education in the Philippines.