EDUCATED : KNOWING HOW WITH A GOOD CHARACTER IN AND OUT
FATIMA A. MAYUYU
Time flies so fast, everything around us is moving forward, moving faster, from generation to generation we can see innovation, trends that make our life easier and more convenient. We live in generation where everything becomes an instant, from instant noodles, instant millionaire thru lottery, instant boyfriend or girlfriend thru chat or text, everything now is cut down to be quicker, time constraint and convenient.
But if there is one thing that can’t be made instant, is being successful in life, because success is not something that you pay for, it is something that you gain. And there are many things you need to do to be successful in life, some say you need to be diligent, you need to be industrious, you need to be wise, but one of these many things that define your success in our world is through our educational background.
Remember when you apply for a certain job? It is not your character that you put on your bio-data; it is your educational attainment or background. When you are aiming for promotion, which enables you to gain higher salary grade, you need also to have the required education standard for that certain position.
Education is the primary currency of the world, they pay you for your education, and everything you are buying is a product of education. But the question is, what does it mean to have education? To what extent being an educated person?
According to our famous proponent of education system, like Bloom and Krathwohl, education has three domains: cognitive, psychomotor and affective. The cognitive domain is the mind, the knowledge, the “know how”, while psychomotor is the hand, the skills, and lastly the affective, which is the heart, the character, the inside “you”.
Our educational curriculum focuses on the cognitive and psychomotor domains, they keep on thinking on how to develop the cognitive domain, to imply a lot of information, and also the skills, like in K-12 curriculum, there are TechVoc courses.
But even though you may gain a lot of information and have mastery on different skills; what makes you educated is the affective domain, our character. You can have instant information because of the internet, google, Wikipedia and other sources of information, also instant skill training, TESDA, which makes you skilled with just months which actually takes years to attain. But character, it is who you are.
You can never make an instant “good character”, it is a process, and I think only life itself can offer the course of “character development.” There is a saying in Filipino, “taoakong may pinag-aralan”, which best suits to our character and education. The other domain may be lost, cognitive may be erased when memory fades, psychomotor may fail when our body weakens, but what makes us still an “educated person”, it is our character.
— oOo— The author is Administrative Aide VI, DepEd-Division of Mabalacat City