REVIVAL OF ROTC
ELANIE C. ALEJANDRINO
The Core Values comprising human dignity Nationalism and Patriotism means love of country and people sharing common identity, national unity, esteem of national heroes, commitment civic consciousness or pride, Bayanihan and loyalt to country. The gravity of teaching ROTC to the Senior High School (Grade 11 and 12)must be consider the following requirements: 1. The teacher has already finished the basic and advanced course of ROTC, has a basic and advance course in CPR in order to train students in life saving techniques. The Spirit of Nationalism should be embedded on every youth of the land.
Nationalism in its broadest meaning refers to the attitude which places national individuality on a high place of social valuation. In this sense, it becomes an indispensable concomitant of all national movements. As the political life of a nation is the resultant of a variet and combination of social forces, nationalism may well be considered the lifeblood of national progress and existence.
However , the tendency to exaggerate the value of the nation even at the expense of the happiness and progress of the people is blind, narrow, chauvinistic nationalism. It is this type of nationalism which constitutes a real threat to democray, and is therefore not worth serious consideration except for its utility as a slogan in the press and a rallying cry to whip up emotional antagonism. It conjures up visions of tumult, flying fists,militant marching men.
Nationalism is obviously a world-wide- phenomenon, vitally affecting both the cultural and the political, the intellectual and the economic development of modern civilization, it tends more and more to influence the whole complex of contemporary civilization and whther we like or not it has has come to stay with us.
The danger of nationalism lies in its abuse. Instead of being utilized as a means to an end, it mayerroneously be made an end in itself. Circumscribed within proper limits, it could be made to function as a driving force for the attainment of democratic habits-sincerity instead of pretense, sympathy instead of hatred, tolerance instead of bigotry,peace instead of war.
The author is SST-III at Remedios High School, Remedios, Lubao