Trumpeting the Decay of the Philippine Normal University December 20, 2009Posted by Arvin in Current Affairs, Filipino Studies, School.
Tags: CHED, Department of Education, education, National Center for Teacher Education, National Center for Teaching Excellence, Philippine Curriculum, Philippine Education System, Philippine Educational System, Philippine Normal University, Philippine Public School System. DepEd, Philippine schools, Philippine Universities, PNU, PNU Manila, teacher training, teachers
I’m learning to hate PNU now.
I never used to. I used to look up to this school as one of the country’s best. And then it hit me: The majority of the teaching and administrative workforce operating the public/private school systems here in the country come from the Philippine Normal University.
Now, i am about to raise overlapping issues here, but that is not the concern. Whether there’s funding or not, the issue still stands: the university is producing a multitude of sub-competent teachers along with an outstandingly brilliant few.
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I remember an anecdote shared by a friend.
The story goes like this: The teacher was discussing introductory stuff, and in the course of the discussion, his classmate casually mentioned that she’s a physics major and that she deals with a lot of theoretical physics.
She caught the ire of her professor, who then proceeded with criticizing PNU’s Physics Curriculum and how incompetent its products are. The prof went on and on at how conceited the students in front of him are, and even went borderline when he said they’re nothing but lowlifes so get back on your paperwork and finish the problem set.
Or something to that effect.
The professor by the way is an accomplished theoretical physicist working for the government.
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Another story was from my sister, who spent her freshman and sophomore years in PNU. When she spent a semester in one of the universities along Recto, she had the most appalling classroom experience with the students and the instructor.
The professor yakked and yakked gibberish, and was sorely transliterating Pinoy concepts in a Victorian-cum-Academic concocted English. My sister, through the course of the session, almost dominated the discussion as most of the students in the class had less or no clue of what the professor was teaching.
After the class ended, she could hear the students rave about her “performance”, thereby cementing in their minds the so-called fame that PNU students have: smart, country-loving, diligent seekers of knowledge. And my sister said she never discussed anything life-changing or worthy of publishing. She merely articulated her opinions explicitly.
She’s really not the student-leader type, nor the campus-nerdy sort. She told me she can’t believe her blockmates were blown away by her act when she knows she never really said anything grand.
I believed her.
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Now i don’t have statistics at hand, but all you have to do is visit your local public school (by surprise) and sit with your children for the next 30 minutes. Prepare yourself to be terrified. And also 10 pesos for the compulsory soup sold by the school’s co-op.
And don’t get me started with the many professors i had at PNU Manila. I learned more from columnists of the major dailies than from their classes. I seriously doubt that they had ever engaged themselves in a worthwhile research to enrich their career.
In fairness with PNU, I still remember a good few. Let’s see, there’s Dr. Arceo, Sir Pat (Fil), Madame Clarisse (French), Sir Tacay (Eng)…. Dr. Sunga (Eng)…
I am also beginning to fear that this university might be heading the wrong direction, and possibly steering towards self-destruction if it doesn’t pull its act together.
So much for the National Center for Teacher Education title huh?
Funding is there. Tell us there’s still hope for our nation’s ” premier ” teacher-training institution.
Now get up and clean your ranks of sub-standard, lukewarm instructors.