COMMENTARY

The importance of teaching history

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History is essential to a nation and its citizens. Without historians, we would not know much about our past, our heroes, our ancestors, their heroic deeds or their epic mistakes.

Children need to be taught their history so that they are aware of their identity. Learning the works and heroism of Jose Rizal, also of Andres Bonifacio, and how battles were won and why some Filipinos became traitors to their own country will not only inform the youth about the past but provide them insights on how to avoid mistakes or make something of themselves.

The burial of former president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is controversial. Whether he deserves a hero’s burial or not should be discussed not only in barber shops but also inside classrooms.

This is why the subject of History or Araling Panlipunan should be retained in elementary and high school. We should invest in history teachers so that they can teach well for without knowing our history, we are nothing.


CLARITA C. SALVADOR Ph.D
Principal 2, Camalaniugan Central School, Cagayan

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  1. vagoneto rieles on

    Bong-Bong Marcos is running true to form. Truly, “the fruit does not fall far from the tree.” He now implies that history was made by his father; and, that this is now being misinterpreted by historians; further, that ‘revisionism’, by he and his family, has not taken place at all. Well, he’s got that right; history was, indeed, made by then President Marcos, and has now been written both here and abroad. However, he is being cute about revisionism, because while this has not been ‘done’, it is certainly ongoing. Revisionism as we all know, does not get done overnight. It is a long ‘work-in-progress’; and, the surreptitious ‘hero’s burial’, at the LNMB is clearly an important starting point for it. Tweaking historical accounts in text books, as well as distribution of written fiction, could very well follow. Tougher to do, however, would be to belie the reports of the Human Rights Commission; to explain the repatriation to the government, from Swiss banks, of monies in excess of $650,000.00; and, the ongoing claims for the return of more ill-gotten wealth. The memory of more than 3,000 pairs of lady’s shoes in Malacanang in February 1986 does not help much either. History is nothing but an accurate written account of people, events and dates; much like the writings on Bonifacio, Del Pilar and General Luna…much like, as well, as those written about Cambodia’s Pol Pot and Haiti’s Papa Doc Duvalier.