A TEACHERS’ group urged the Department of Education ( DepEd) it should provide a space to develop patriotism among the public school children by strengthening the teaching of Philippine History especially in high school.
Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) chairperson Benjo Basas said while they appreciate the sports program of the DepEd, they also want to feel that the government is giving equal importance to patriotism and it would be manifested thru “reinforced teaching of Philippine History, languages and literature and further exposure of children to the rich cultural heritage of our nation which serve as our national identity.”
Basas added that while sports is taught in Physical Education subject and the DepEd holds Palarong Pambansa yearly as its biggest event, Philippine History was left to elementary school since 2012 when the Department adopted the new curriculum under the K to 12 program.
“To inculcate patriotism as mandated by our Constitution, the teaching of Philippine History should be offered in all levels, from elementary to tertiary to ensure that all our children will be responsible citizens of the future, will recognize and be proud of their heritage and will love their country,” Basas said.
Basas, also the first nominee of Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) Party-list, vowed to bring the fight for stronger civic and cultural education if given a chance to sit in Congress.
“I hope the DepEd leadership may have time to tackle this issue, after all we have personally discussed this to the Secretary more than a year ago and she agreed that the content curriculum should revisited.
“With the current social atmosphere the nation is facing, our schools should be the bastion of patriotism.” Basas said.