November 28, 2017

Philippines: Education or Learning?

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Much of the past economic policies of the world have focused on education, yet, there is a bigger word that needs to be focused now - learning. The question arises if education in the Philippines (and other developing countries) really provides learning or to put it in other question, does a student know how to apply his/her studies after graduation? After years of studying, can a student apply what he/she learned from college? Can a college graduate create or build something after graduation? Did the student learned what he/she studied?

The question above by-passes the ability of a college graduate to get a clerical low paying job - it focuses on the ability of a college graduate to work on high skilled profession and get a high paying salary or be able to create business and help on generating employment. Many students finished college not knowing how to use what they learned; this is considered unfair and unethical, it feels like you have spent many years of reading and writing and knowing nothing at all. Universities and colleges should take full responsibility of ensuring that all graduating students are knowledgeable and skillful.

Easy imagined than implemented, putting rationality on education should be the top priority of every educational institution in the Philippines (and other developing countries). This means, educating and equipping students with knowledge and skills that is usable in the real world; allowing students of every school of thought to create something while they are still under the incubation of universities and colleges. Thus, a college or university should never let go of a student who is assessed to be ill equipped of knowledge and skills (but there are exception to this, students who wish to leave the university or college has the right to do so).

This brings us to the end that there should be a comprehensive assessment tool to test the knowledge and skills of a graduating college student. The tool or program should be able to tell if the student can apply his knowledge and skills in solving real world problems. The tool should be able to unleashed the creativity of the student in solving real world problem. The student should be able to solve, build, and create.

Imagine if we are not only highly educated but also highly knowledgeable and skilled.

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