History reveals that civilization started from people migrating from one place to another to survive. Once they settle and acquired their skill in adapting to their environment, they create a society that has its own culture, economic schemes, religion,social stratification and political strategies to continuously define their existence generation to generation. This is how it all started. The structure may be different from one society, country to another but they believe in the system that they live and thrive in.
However, No structure or system was perfect. They either collapsed or is now written as a part of history because of war or greed for power.
In today’s era, where we have stronger social, economic and political structure, we still experience chaos, we are sometimes caught up in the middle of the war – the strife between two countries. And it’s not all that, there are lots of of social, political and economic issues within a country and these are prevalent today. Read the broadsheet, you will see crimes. Listen to the radio, you will hear stock prices going down & interest rates going up. Watch the television and you will be feeding your vision with government officials in trial, people accused stealing, poverty and hunger.
Is there any way to stop this?
It must be that history repeat itself as they say, but people have also evolved and their thinking had brought has different avenue to cope and possible eliminate these issues.
Education is one part of this system used to resolve all of these – it is the primary institution where people start to gain their perspective in life, where they develop their intellectual ability. In today’s modern times and advanced technological age, Social Reconstructionism as one of the Philosophies of education that started in Western culture,has its primary goal of is to start the revolution within school, where a student starts with understanding, exploring the issues and formulate solutions to the problems in real life. They get into action!
In the Philippines, this philosophy is not prescribed in our curriculum. Reconstructionists believes in putting ideas to resolve social, political and economic issues into actions. They want students to immerse themselves in real life situations. In this setting, students might do a research on human trafficking but if they want to continue then the teacher acts as a guide on how they can get into resolving the issue. They can coordinate with government officials, get lawyers to help them or be involved in investigation.
This is a far cry from what we have in our country. Being in the field already signifies a career of a person after graduating if he pursue his degree in the same field. However this is still subject to the person’s actual job description if he will really be involved in resolving these problem, If he is a soldier by profession then he might be sent to Zamboanga to help, if you are a lawyer then you might be a part of Napoles’ trial. What we have are practical, on-the-job training on our major subject for us to be set-up in the field and be ready for the work but still not even close to being a student and being directky involved in resolving the countries’ current hustle and bustle as the Reconstructionist view.
What we have is tackle this current events in Social Studies and History and formulate insights of the effects and resolution but educators are not pushing ideology of political or economic revolution. We are asked to read news to be aware of what is happening. Though we see people in the march to fight for what they think is right, these are not prescribed activities in school. It is the student and educators and other people’s choice to join these revolution / activities etc. These are the ways of sending messages that their view and philosophy is not inline with what is happening and they sought to have it ceased.
Yes, there might be some unsung heroes who takes part of helping our country, but imposing revolution and social reconstruction in school is viewed as unethical and too radical and is considered brain-wash where it is not beneficial to the people but only to the organization, system or structure.