Rizal's concept of the importance of education is clearly enunciated in his work entitled Instruction wherein he sought improvements in the schools and in the methods of teaching. He maintained that the backwardness of his country during the Spanish ear was not due to the Filipinos' indifference, apathy or indolence as claimed by the rulers, but to the neglect of the Spanish authorities in the islands. For Rizal, the mission of education is to elevate the country to the highest seat of glory and to develop the people's mentality. Since education is the foundation of society and a prerequisite for social progress, Rizal claimed that only through education could the country be saved from domination.
Rizal's philosophy of education, therefore, centers on the provision of proper motivation in order to bolster the great social forces that make education a success, to create in the youth an innate desire to cultivate his intelligence and give him life eternal.<<<
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***Since education is the foundation of society and a
prerequisite for social progress, Rizal claimed that only through education could the country be saved from domination.***
Imagine an education foundation built on top of a foundation of Moral Failure. What good would our high school, college and post graduate men and women be with their academic degrees if they have not taken to heart the difference between right and wrong and the need to choose right over wrong?
To answer that question we need only look at our country and the sad plight of most of our countrymen. While formal education is indeed a foundation of a society and a pre-requisite for social progress, there is a more basic foundation that such foundation must be built upon - that of a strong sense of what is right and wrong, and why we need to choose to do what is right and not what is wrong.
Now imagine an education foundation built on top of a people with a...
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