Educational Philosophies of Great Heroes in the History of the Philippines

Educational Philosophies of Great Heroes in the History of the Philippines

What if there is one thing you could change about the education that could almost instantly make it better?

Honestly speaking, there is. Studying the life and philosophies of great people just like the heroes of our country’s history can completely transform our educational views. Let us connect the dots between these heroes and their educational philosophies.

Bonifacio’s Philosophies

Andres Bonifacio believes that education is not a necessity to consider someone as intellectual. Someone could attain all possible educational degrees, yet could still be uneducated. It also does not guarantee that they are more intelligent than those whose degrees are lower than theirs. His educational philosophies are rooted from all his experiences since he stood as parents to his younger siblings.

Orphaned at a very young age, young Andres Bonifacio shouldered heavy responsibilities toward his siblings and to himself. As a result, he did not attain a high education. But the challenging circumstance did not weaken his determination and willingness to educate himself. He acquired learning through persistent reading and got inspired to follow the examples of great people.

Mabini’s Philosophies

Another hero, named as Apolinario Mabini is  known as the “Sublime Paralytic” and “Heads of the Revolution.” His philosophies were more of religious matters. In fact, it was his mother’s dream for him to be a priest. Contrary to his mother’s wish Apolinario Mabini chose another profession. For him, it was not only through priesthood that we can serve God.

Apolinario Mabini is a product of our local educational institutions and just like Andres Bonifacio, he is highly regarded in education. Both of them came from poor background and experienced life’s hardships. But in the end, they proved to us that poverty is not a hindrance to achieve one’s dream.

The last one I am going to mention is Dr. Jose P. Rizal. He is a person who was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He was fortunate enough that he did not need to exert more effort towards his education. The fact that he was born in a well-to-do family gave him the opportunity to study not only in the Philippines but also overseas. Rizal was one of the Filipinos who opened our eyes to the importance of attaining a good education. Unlike Apolinario Mabini and Andres Bonifacio, Rizal’s life was well documented. These documentations  provide all Filipinos an equal opportunity to reflect and utilize his ideas at the present.

Rizal’s Philosophies

It was highly evident from his deeds and writings where he supported the idea that education has this capacity to elevate a nation. Furthermore, education can develop the people’s mentality.

Since  nation building and education has a strong connection, more schools should be established for the Filipinos. It serves as an open gate for Filipinos to attain equal access to literacy and education.

Rizal also pointed out that there is a need of education and emphasized that “ignorance is slavery.”  According to his letter to the women of Malolos during the Spanish regime in the Philippines, that Asia’s backwardness is due to the fact that its people were denied of education. Women should be given the rights to attain education to be as powerful as Americans and Europeans through continuous reading.

Rizal had also become known with this line “Ang Kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan.” With that, it should be clearly understood that the teachers’ main responsibility is to educate the youth. It is a thought that should be given proper attention. Rizal believes that an educator must have an honorable personality in order to command respects of the students. The teacher needs prestige, reputation, moral strength and some freedom of actions.

In addition, it is necessary for teachers to be the authorities of both words and actions. They should be the epitome of virtues who teach by good examples. Rizal, in his letter to his sister Soledad also  said that teachers should be better than their students. With that, educators shouldn’t get tired of studying, learning, experimenting and discovering new ideas for the benefit of all.

Educational Philosophies of Great Heroes in the Philippines

I can’t wait to hear what you think. No doubt that their philosophies are going to help you in one way or another.

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Author : Ana Rose Alvaro

Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A simple Filipina who was born with a natural love for books and languages.

20 Comments to Educational Philosophies of Great Heroes in the History of the Philippines

  1. […] Educational Philosophies of Great Heroes in the History of the Philippines […]

  2. Swayam says:

    I echo the thoughts of Indrani above that this is the first time anyone is reading the philosophies of some Filippino leaders. In my opinion, it is worthwhile to be a better human being than being a professor or a well educated person. History will always judge you as to how much impact you left on your society.

  3. I agree with Andres Bonifacio that having education doesn’t consider one as an intellectual. However, education is still necessary so we won’t be ignorant of our rights and responsibilities as citizens. Plus, people won’t readily fool us. Education though isn’t necessary to succeed. The experiences and people we meet are what help shape us and motivate us to discover our calling. Once we do, it is up to us to master it and to never stop learning. Only then will we have maximized the education we have received.

    • Ana Rose Alvaro says:

      Thanks Me-An. It is very well said and I agree with your point of view. Some says that when it comes to getting a job its not what you finished though but its based on your strategy or diskarte. However, I still think that education plays a vital role for a person’s success as well.

  4. Indrani says:

    This is the first time I am reading about Philippines’ heroes! Great to know them and their ideologies. Education or no education their determination mattered. And that is most important. Thank you for educating me through this post.

  5. Nathalie says:

    Andres Bonifacio had what we’d call now as “street smarts”. Life was his classroom. Circumstances conspired for him not to give too much credence to academic pursuits, but imagine if he’d had the same education as Jose Rizal? History would have been so much different.. He might even have been a bigger name than Rizal.

    • Ana Rose Alvaro says:

      Sometimes I have the same question too. I still remember when I was in college, we were wondering who should be the National Hero of the Philippines, if it should be Rizal or Bonifacio.

  6. Misty says:

    I really do love your post. I have an a.s. Degree in special education and worked in a group home with severely disabled individuals. We taught them anything we could. They loved being about to learn. Some hadn’t ever been to school and were just institutionalized.

    I believe education is extremly important.

    • Ana Rose Alvaro says:

      True, it is. Education as what the elders always mentioned to us, is the only thing that robbers cannot steal from us.

  7. Berlin says:

    That makes the profession of a teacher as inspiring. She can mold and inspire a student and make him successful or otherwise.

    Learning History is also interesting especially if the teacher is engaging and has added knowledge about the subject more than relying on books.

  8. Kedz says:

    I’ve always been fascinated with World History and reading your post brings back memories when I was still at school. I’m not the Nerdy type but when History or Literature is the Subject I’m all ears to the Teacher.Thank you for sharing!

  9. Great post. I am a huge advocate for education. I’m just not a fan of the system. Hurdling children through a pre-determined system of mass education, homework and set age groups does not give a child the capacity to learn at their own pace, be it slower or accelerated. It was interesting to read some of these poeple’s ideologies.

  10. Thanks for this great compilation by you here 🙂 I have enjoyed reading & learnt more about your country history of each as shared in your blog post 🙂 I always enjoy history culture of each country for my travelling. This has added to my travel knowledge, appreciate your compilation. Cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  11. Amy Dong says:

    So interesting how each educational philosopher had such diverse views. And came from such varying backgrounds. I definitely agree that someone can have all the degrees but still remain uneducated. Food for thought!

  12. Megan Rowsey says:

    I wish my main job was to sit around and learn all these things! The fact that we take education for granted when we’re younger is so sad. There is so much to learn! Thank you Kylie! I enjoyed learning about this!

  13. Emily says:

    How cool! I didn’t realize there were so many influential people who come from the Philippines!

  14. Mai Taup says:

    Wow. I love reading about our history. I think it is more colorful than what we were taught in school. Sometimes, good stories of the past are not discussed inside the classroom. Which is such a shame. I agree with you about teachers, “they should be the epitome of virtues who teach by example.” You rarely see them these days. Especially when it comes to political issues. Thanks for sharing!

    • Ana Rose Alvaro says:

      Thank Mai. Actually, I am starting to love History now than I was still a high school student. More especially when I started to travel and learned about the history of other places.

  15. Such an interesting philosophies… It’s indeed a very nice read up for me…..
    Added knowledge after reading this..

    • Ana Rose Alvaro says:

      Thank you Kylie! I am glad that you enjoyed reading it.

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