"In people's eyes, in the swing, tramp, and trudge; in the bellow and the uproar;
the carriages, motor cars, omnibuses, vans, sandwich men shuffling and swinging; brass bands; barrel organs;
in the triumph and the jungle and the strange high singing of some aeroplane overhead was what she loved;
life; London; this moment of June."
- Virginia Woolf, from Mrs Dalloway

September 4, 2007
What to do, what to do!!!!!

It has been days since the PDI published an article about 4M Filipinos who are not functionally literate...let's not even talk about being culturally literate here...but when a major broadsheet in New York City foregoes its entire book review section, as reported here, there must be something wrong with global literacy in general!

Now for the fate of the Philippines, whose educational authorities can't seem to make up their minds on the nation's language policy -- I've said this once, and I'll say it again:

ENGLISH IS AN IMPORTANT LANGUAGE!

So when English ceases to be the primary medium of instruction, as is requested by a bunch of idiots here, our nation shall go down that barbaric path of not being able to read our own literature in its IMPORTANT languages--three centuries of Spanish, and one century of Philippine Literature in English AND the rest of antiquity in Spanish and English...and in LATIN, by way of both English and Spanish...and that's it!

We shall be doomed!

It is enough that the study of Tagalog begins with Lope K. Santos' Balarila in Grade 2. That's it! But to rob generations of an important language with which to compete in the global arena, ah, is MADNESS!!!

Fine, go ahead and think in your native tongue! That is to be expected when at home: parents should be teaching their children the native tongue, or the language of the private sphere, at home!

Now don't go giving me the nationalist argument...Indonesia keeps its people in the dark by intellectualising their language...and blocking off everything else.

In the social arena, one can tell how much of the general population has turned into a barbaric, Sybaritic mob: how? They don't appreciate, much less answer, the question, "So what are you reading these days?"

And the sorry lot has the right to feel insulted by it. All the more insulting is a nation that can't read in either English or Tagalog. (Filipino is not a language; Tagalog is.)

 


Posted at 01:47 pm by midama

 

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