martes, 11 de enero de 2011

TOPICS * Good Citizens

Good Citizens
Dec 2, 2009
I have a very interesting class called CIVIC EDUCATION. It's all about Citizenship Education wherein as future teachers, we need not only teach about history but also, how our students become GOOD CITIZENS of our country.

We must imbibe in them to be active in the affairs of society by being aware on various political and social issues (guilty!). Also, simply following rules like properly crossing the streets or not littering must be observed. One of the best things that I have learned from this subject so far is that a country, for it to have good citizens, must have people who are able to THINK CRITICALLY.

A citizen must know how to weigh the issues that are concerning his country and he can only do that if he has the capacity to think CRITICALLY. One example of this is, a citizen will NOT vote someone just because he's popular or an actor, he will vote someone because of that candidate's platforms. However, to have GOOD CITIZENS who can THINK CRITICALLY, a country must have an EDUCATED PEOPLE. I'm a firm believer that being educated plays a HUGE factor for the development of a human being which in turn affect immensely his cognitive, affective, and psychomotor abilities. Education does not only allow a person to read and write, it also give him the opportunity to THINK. Thus, education paves way for a person to be able to think critically, which in turn make him a good citizen.
Having a PhD does not automatically make a person a critical thinker.
I know people, people who have multiple degrees who are crap when it comes to being good citizens. There are many public officials in the Philippines who are degree holders yet all they do is steal from the people. Those who have access to education sometimes are the ultimate embodiment of corruption and violence. Instead of contributing positively to the country like improving the educational system or making health services free for all, some just waste their talent and intellect to doing negative things!
I just want to say that I'm a firm believer of hope and I know that there MANY Filipinos out there who are good citizens. They know how to follow the law and they also know how to vote wisely. Election is just around the corner and it would be a day in which critical thinking would be very much welcome...
Am I a GOOD CITIZEN? I honestly still have a LONG way to be one!