UN­STRESSED ED­U­CA­TIONAL GOAL

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

In the ef­fort to ob­tain all im­por­tant-diploma, it is of­ten for­got­ten that a lib­eral ed­u­ca­tion in a univer­sity is sup­posed to have a moral and so­cial in­flu­ence in the lives of stu­dents. To be ed­u­cated is not only to have per­sonal en­light­en­ment but also to be able to reach the de­pressed ar­eas-that is be­ing a pro­duc­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity. Thus, a univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion should de­velop a mind open to truth and a heart which loves the truth.

In line with this, a grad­u­at­ing Grade 12 stu­dent has to an­swer the ques­tion: what course should I take? Dif­fer­ent ap­proaches may arise, one grad­u­ate says, “my fa­ther is a lawyer, I, too, should take up law:, another says, “my mother wants me to be a teacher, prob­a­bly I should fol­low her, the third says, “Nurs­ing is in de­mand in abroad, I should en­roll in nurs­ing”.

Many grad­u­ates say that they would like to leave be­cause they see no fu­ture in their coun­try. But such think­ing can re­sult in a vi­cious cy­cle: Grad­u­ates go to abroad be­cause they see no hope in their coun­try: the brain drain helps pro­mote eco­nomic stag­na­tion: eco­nomic stag­na­tion gives grad­u­ates a sense of de­spair.

There is an ur­gent need to de­velop moral per­spec­tive in youth es­pe­cially grad­u­ates. The youth had adopted wrong val­ues from the bad ex­am­ples of the past. Bot­tom line is: stu­dents may ac­quire a mass lot of knowl­edge of facts, the­o­ries and the tech­niques, they may de­velop cog­ni­tive skills, but if they have no moral and eth­i­cal per­spec­tive, they will not be a good mem­bers of so­ci­ety.

The in­ter­est­ing fact is that to­day’s K12 grad­u­ates can start the process of chang­ing the wrong per­spec­tive by choos­ing their cour­ses well and stay­ing in the coun­try once they’ve grad­u­ated.

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