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On Creativity and Education

School days have finally commenced. Students and teachers are once again lining up the gates and swarming like ants to catch the 7:30 flag ceremony. I could draw from their faces the excitement for another school-year adventure and the longing for further learning among the few. Others were pouting because the comfortable summer vacation is over and the teacher looked threatened for their comfort zones may be wrecked once again by the opening of classes. The contrast – which I find very amusing – is very apparent in their faces but the question of “education” which revolves around the teacher-student affinity seemed like a ghost hanging around intangibly. Do they really think of “education” upon stepping on the school premises? Do students and teachers alike think of essential education apart from the daily ordeal in school? Or do they simply want to go to school because education is a pre-requisite to a better future? And are teachers really chaste in their vocation to provide quality instructions as mandated by decree, or are they merely after a stable salary that the government is giving them without minding the thirsty souls of children that confront them five days a week? I really don’t know the answer. All I know is both student and teacher have the responsibility to make education a way of life and not just a ladder for achievement. Yet the heavier part lies much on the mentors whose purpose is to establish concrete learning among young minds and to orchestrate the students to understand the importance of education. As of now, let’s hope for the better days when we can answer these questions with certainty and conviction.

The other day, my officemate was complaining that her daughter was enrolled back to the regular class after a couple years in the special science program of Leon Elementary School. I didn’t give much attention to that. What really shocked me was when she mentioned the effacement of special science classes on all public schools. I really don’t know the reason why DepEd would eradicate such useful programs among public institutions now that it’s started to pick up some fruitful academic results and provided a huge progress on the demarcation of Philippine education. If ever there is a flaw in the current program, total effacement is not the answer but a simple modification on some of the basic management. But whatever their reason I hope that they have a better alternative that would not end up as another white elephant. Again let’s hope for the better.

This morning one of my most beloved brilliant bloggers, Meewa, shared a very brilliant video clip from Youtube. It speaks of education and creativity which I really find very educational and hilarious. Since knowledge is meant to be shared, I posted this video for interested pals. Since it took us more than a decade to finish proper schooling, we should be able to spare a moment for a 20-minute video clip on education and creativity. I promise you will love it.  Please bear with the British accent though.

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P. S. 1. Mir, thanks for this educational and entertaining lecture. Had he been my professor, I would have turned out to be a lecturer too. Hahaha! We’re free to dream, di ba? I think my little super kulit tots, S____ Paz and Christian, will be home schooled too. I also wish them to be part of TED too.

2. Another admired brilliant blogger, Gabi, posted this question: “What does it mean to be educated?” I finally picked an answer: It means creatively imparting your education to others.

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  1. June 4, 2009 at 11:04 am

    It’s a pleasure sharing this video, and you are most welcome. I’m glad you found the video of value as well. Your entry is also packed with insight – as usual. =)

    …but something in your “P.S.” is making me giggle uncontrollably… hehehehehe =P

    The answer you have provided to Gabi’s question is worth exalting. For what use is education if it is not properly bequeathed to those who need it?

    Keep writing, Mel. I wouldn’t be surprised to see you lecturing someday. =)

    • totomel
      June 5, 2009 at 12:21 am

      hahaha… whatt about the PS Mir?

      thanks for sharing, really 🙂 your writings too are packed with beautiful ideas that really inspired me to go on writing.

      …and one thing, i love FB because of Vampire Wars.hehehe

  2. AC
    June 4, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    gustong-gusto ko panoorin yung video kaso lang napakabagal ng internet connection ko dito at home.. siguro dahil tindi ng ulan. 😦

    be back! 😉

    • totomel
      June 5, 2009 at 12:22 am

      ganon ba?..hehehe.cge hintayin ko comment mo 🙂

  3. O
    June 4, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    you write about thought-provoking topics. i can’t comment all the time but i hope you’ll continue what you’re doing. 🙂

    • totomel
      June 5, 2009 at 12:23 am

      O…i miss you! hehehe

  4. June 5, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I stayed throughout the 20-minute TED presentation. Thought-provoking, though not entirely different from Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. To me, you raised very legit questions regarding our mindset on education in this country. Indeed, in this country, is education merely a means of social control and molding conformists’ minds? In one of the classic researches iincluded in Henslin’s Down To Earth Sociology, there is an argument that kindergarten education is merely education for social conformism, not quite different from sluggish teachers who teach not out of a sense of passion for developing the creative sides of their students but out of habit of showing up and as days roll by, receiving their salary as you keenly ask. This question on education and creativity is really worth exploring and experimenting within our educational system. I wish teachers would read more books about creativity and challenge their prevailing paradigms. Books i have read and would recommend include Free Play and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
    Great post igsoon, and thought-provoking questions you have…

    • totomel
      June 6, 2009 at 9:22 am

      oh thank you igsoon… i really agree with what you said. am a product of public school education myself and based on my own experience, teachers were far from eager to impart what was supposed to be delivered to the students, and ironically ended up with the same ample amount of money commensurate to their own salary grade. i guess Philippine education should be based on the deliverables and not on this kind of set-up. what really perturbed me is the angst of seeing thess students venturing into another stage of learning without mastering the fundamentals. 😦

      i only read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle repair which is for me a divine gift in orchestrating our own lives and how we deal with our neighbors. if you have the heart to lend this lowly fellow the Freeplay, i will have the heart to thank you all my life.hehehe

      by the way igsoon, nagtudlo pud ka? if yes, better be a good teacher or you’ll lose precious souls. vocation and responsibility are lovers of the same kind; so whatever happens to your students, you are indirectly responsible for it.hehehe. amping kanunay. 🙂

      • June 7, 2009 at 7:55 am

        Wala ko gatudlo ron igsoon. Still trying to imagine getting out of the box by managing my own organic farm and a home for people with intellectual disabilities. I left Free Play in the province otherwise i could have sent it to you…

        • totomel
          June 8, 2009 at 12:55 am

          hahaha…muuli man kaha ka ninyo? di bitaw.take care always.

  5. June 5, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Tama si Meewa. Panira yung mga P.S. mo.

    🙂 Hehehe. Just kidding!

    Yes that was one of the questions posed to us by our prof. in our FOUNDATIONS OF EDUC. class. Brilliant answer, Omel! Our class came up with a similar conclusion… that all the know-how in the world amounted to naught if we did not seek to help others around us. In short, “a well-educated man is a man for others.”

    I’ve had experience teaching in a public school for my practicum during my undergrad. More than anything, it was THAT experience that made me want to pursue teaching after graduating. I had all these pre-conceived (and wrong) notions that teaching in a public school would be hard due to the uncontrollable students. I DID find it hard, but it was not because of the students. They were little angels, and were very hungry for knowledge! I had never felt so appreciated in my life as when I taught public school children. They were soooo respectful and obedient, not to mention bright and happy despite their circumstances!

    I found my practicum difficult because of the teachers. Posting all the horror stories about them would take up several blog entries. Most were the calculating unmotivated ones you spoke of, only interested in the salary. But I also met a few who genuinely wanted to help the children.

    Hala, nobela na ito. Take care Omel! Have you thought of teaching in the future? 😉 It seems you certainly have the heart and the brains for it!

  6. totomel
    June 6, 2009 at 9:05 am

    how interesting your experience Gab. i also taught for a year on basic catechism among the grade 6 students in our local elementary school. and just like your students, they were all hungry for knowledge that prompted me to teach other subject matters in their spare time. having been jobless for few months after graduation, i also went to Don Bosco boys town in Dumangas to assist orphans,whom with traumatic and demeaning experiences in life, found it hard to appreciate education. one of my students there had just graduated in technical schooling in TESDA lately…and what a joy it was to hear from him working in a local electrical company. 🙂

    those were the times that i really felt the essence of education, not just by its prospective result, but as well as an effective way to reach out for the lost souls. i then conclude, that in whatever way in life, we are called to be teachers in our creative way. and yes, you are right – education is a service of sharing.

    …and with regards to teaching (as in formal teaching), i am still thinking of that. i am currently happy with my research job which i assume to be a good training if ever the time that mentoring calls me for it.

    you take care also teacher Gabi. 🙂

  7. jj
    June 7, 2009 at 5:23 am

    nice site… wonderful entries… i’m much surprised by your command of the language and the depth of your articles… very professionally done…

    • totomel
      June 8, 2009 at 12:56 am

      thank you for that compliment maam :). i vistited your site too and quite enjoyed your entries 🙂

  8. jj
    June 7, 2009 at 5:28 am

    and between iloilo and bacolod, i’d rather live and settle down in laidback bacolod with all the yummy restaurants here…

    • totomel
      June 8, 2009 at 12:59 am

      i agree with what you said..Ilonggos in Iloilo live simply with contententment for simple foods…hehehe

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