Teachers urge DepEd to restore PH history to high school curriculum – Manila Bulletin


In time for the commemoration of Bonifacio Day on November 30, a group of teachers again called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to “immediately restore” the teaching of Philippine history to the curriculum. secondary school.

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The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC), in a statement on Friday, November 26, said DepEd’s decision to “abolish” teaching of Philippine history was a “strong statement that the struggle of our people for freedom, justice and equality is not meaningful. , and there is no need to remember let alone learn from it. ”

TDC national president Benjo Basas added that instead of “rectifying this recklessness”, the current DepEd administration has “chosen to maintain this error”.

The group said the Philippine history subject was once part of the high school curriculum and was taught in the first year until it was “finally dropped” as a dedicated subject in 2014 after the introduction. Kindergarten to Grade 12 the previous year.

Basas, who has been teaching Araling Panlipunan at Caloocan City for nearly two decades, said his group had already presented their proposal to Education Secretary Leonor Briones in early 2017 and defended it relentlessly.

Meanwhile, TDC hosted a series of lectures commemorating the patriotism of working-class hero Andres Bonifacio.

Basas explained that Andres Bonifacio’s lectures – in addition to honoring the Filipino hero – are TDC’s contribution to instill patriotism in young people, as well as their fellow teachers, as prescribed by the Philippine Constitution.

“Bonifacio embodies the determination of the Philippine nation to face head-on seemingly insurmountable challenges to their freedom and dignity,” said Basas.

As Election Day approaches, the TDC is making even more efforts to restore and strengthen Philippine history at all levels of education.

“Let it be said over and over again: a grateful nation must not forget its past,” said Basas. “If we forget our past, we can forget everything about our future,” he added.

Restoring Philippine history to the high school curriculum, Basas said, is also one of TDC’s demands from current applicants.

“It is even more urgent now that the causes of the Bonifacio revolution – government corruption, abuse, social injustice and exploitation of the weak remain,” he concluded.


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