Students taught proper PH history – Luistro

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EDUCATION Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro on Wednesday assured President Benigno Aquino 3rd that proper Philippine history–which includes the country’s national heroes–is being taught to students under the K-12 program of the agency.

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In an interview with The Manila Times, Luistro said he had talked with President Aquino after the latter weighed in on the youth’s apparent lack of knowledge about the country’s history.

The President said he was particularly bothered by remarks purportedly made by students who watched the epic film “Heneral Luna” as to why Apolinario Mabini, whose part was acted out by Epy Quizon, was sitting throughout the movie.

In an interview aired over ABS-CBN’s morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda,” Quizon narrated how he was approached by three students who asked him why he was sitting during the entire film.

He said he asked the students if they knew who Apolinario Mabini was, and they answered “no.”

Reacting to the remark of Quizon, the President said, “What have we been teaching these kids in our history classes?”

“I assured the President that Philippine history, including local and national heroes, is taught in Grades 4, 5 and 6 in the new K to 12 curriculum,” Lusitro said.

Mabini–the country’s first prime minister who is known by his historical moniker as the “Brains of the Philippine Revolution” and the “Sublime Paralytic”–lost the use of both his legs to polio shortly before the 1896 Revolution started.

“I believe the Mr. Quizon from [the]three students are not reflective of the students’ level of [knowledge about]our heroes,” Luistro said.

“We have extracurricular activities that touch on the lives of prominent Filipinos,” he added.

Luistro said he will discuss the issue with school supervisors.

“In any case, I committed to discuss this concern with our curriculum supervisors, validate
if majority of the students have similar deficiencies and ensure that we do not just simply dismiss the issue without a fair assessment of the real situation,” he added.

The President made the remark when he conferred the 2015 Apolinario Mabini Awards to outstanding persons with disabilities (PWDs) and advocates for their welfare.

The Apolinario Mabini Awards was launched in 1974 to give recognition to individuals with disabilities and professionals and various groups that have rendered outstanding service to PWDs.

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4 Comments

  1. Eddie de Leon on

    iT’S VERY EASY TO CONDUCT AN HONEST SURVEY OF COLLEGE-AGE FILIPINOS TO FIND OUT IF THEY ARE ALSO AS IGNORANT AS THE STUDENTS WHO approached Quizon.
    I would not be surprised if those students are the ones who became ignorant of Philippine history because they played truant to attend ABSCBN and GMA shows and spent their time and used their brains watching stupid entertainment programs and dreaming of celebrity entertainers.

  2. Maria Stevens on

    Most people would agree that reading, writing, and arithmetic, are without doubt the most ESSENTIAL subjects… But history tells us where we come from and who we are… Let the students learn not only about the people like Mabini and the patriots who threw of the yoke of the wretched SPANIARDS. But the bad people who tried to bring the country down.. History is about heroes and villains Taught properly it can be an exciting journey through time.

    • Sure heroes na ang mga Aquinos & all the rest are villains… Yeheeeey, up with the Yellow Ribbons & down all the rest !!! Oh, Dios na mahabagin, ako yata’y mababaliw sa kawalang katinuan ng pag-iisip na ganito !!!

  3. Naghahanap lang ng masisi yan ,bakit di sya bumalik sa school nya para tanungin yung teacher kung wala din syang alam…Abnoy pa din