FAC­ING THE ED­U­CA­TIONAL CHAL­LENGES OF THE 21ST CEN­TURY

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

ED­MOND O. YUMANG

The the­ory of evo­lu­tion has shown that the sur­vival or ex­tinc­tion of a species is linked to its abil­ity to adapt to its chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Ab­sent this ca­pa­bil­ity, the species stands to be­come over­whelmed by the stres­sors of the en­vi­ron­ment, ul­ti­mately lead­ing to its stag­na­tion, re­gres­sion or its demise.

When ap­plied to our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem, the tech­no­log­i­cal break­throughs brought about by the ad­vances of the 21st cen­tury re­sulted to mas­sive up­heavals in the way in­for­ma­tion are re­trieved, pro­cessed and for­warded to our stu­dents. The norm in this tech­no­log­i­cal age is not the lack of ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­ri­als but that of mas­sive in­for­ma­tion over­load. An in­ter­net search en­gine will pro­vide hun­dreds of mil­lions of hits for any given topic which may be fac­tual or mere con­jec­tures.

How­ever, what has been hailed as a means by which knowl­edge could be at the fin­ger­tip of each and ev­ery stu­dent has be­come a dou­ble edged sword be­cause of the very real threat that it may cause harm to the young minds of our chil­dren. This re­quires that our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem evolve and adapt for it to be truly re­spon­sive to the fast chang­ing times. For in­stance, there is the dif­fi­culty in shield­ing chil­dren from the ef­fects of porno­graphic and other in­ap­pro­pri­ate ma­te­ri­als found in the World Wide Web. In­ter­net search engines may not ad­e­quately fil­ter web­sites that deal on sex­u­al­ity, vi­o­lence, oc­cult and other crimes. Thus, it is the gar­gan­tuan task of any teacher to fil­ter out the most rel­e­vant and ap­pro­pri­ate of this vo­lu­mi­nous in­for­ma­tion for the stu­dents to use in their class­room in­struc­tions.

Not­with­stand­ing the grow­ing chal­lenges that our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem faces, our hard­work­ing, pa­tient and de­ter­mined teach­ing force con­tin­ues to de­liver qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion to our chil­dren, of­ten­times over and be­yond their call of duty. De­spite the ad­vances of the 21st cen­tury, our teach­ers will con­tinue to evolve and adapt and will al­ways re­main in­dis­pens­able in the ed­u­ca­tion of our chil­dren.

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The au­thor is Teacher III at San­tos Ven­tura Na­tional High School-SHS

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