Tuesday, December 23, 2008

WHAT TYPE OF EDUCATION SHOULD WE HAVE?

Shit I’m tired.


But I just have to discuss an article that came out in the Philippine Daily Inquirer today. Here it is: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/news/view/20081223-179475/English-only-bill-faces-tough-fight .


Should we teach our children in English or in native languages? That is actually not the main question. The question is, should we mandate the medium of instruction at all? The answer is no.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

SOLVING TRAFFIC

Last Friday highlighted a recurring problem, of roads being closed to the inconvenience of thousands, perhaps millions. Business meetings, video productions, a fun day at the mall, all ruined because the people just had to have their voice heard, against that insidious attempt at Charter change. I’m all for free speech, but the public nature of streets and highways makes certain a conflict of interest among stakeholders, i.e. the taxpayers. The matter of holding rallies becomes a politicized affair, as is apparent by Binay-controlled Makati City being THE venue for holding rallies against the administration.

The politicization of rallies and the conflict of interest enumerated above would not happen if roads were completely private-owned.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

FILIPINO PRIDE

I have nothing against Manny Pacquiao. Sure, his intelligence is limited to the boxing ring, he allows himself to be used by bureaucrats, and he is subject to believing the hype about himself as a beacon of Filipino pride. But as a boxer, I give him all he's due, which is a lot.

With this blog, I do not pretend to be able to remove the underlying racism in the subsequent elation by tens of millions of Filipinos over Paquiao's victory. But I hope that at least the awareness that it is racism will bear fruit later on.