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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

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