Thursday, June 11, 2009

How to lose the nerd vote

Update: Apparently the article I referred to was written in 2006. I assumed it was new because I saw it posted on my friend's Plurk. I don't know for a fact if Chiz Escudero still maintains the same position, or has already changed his mind.

Chiz Escudero can talk, all right, and that's why he's the darling of the opposition. But if this presidential wannabe wants to get anywhere with his ambitions, he better rethink his positions on education.

From a PDI story on what is ostensibly another salvo for next year's contest: Give provinces P1B a year and let them decide’ -- Escudero:

Essential subjects, he said, would include Languages, including English and Filipino, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or History, Computer and Good Manners and Right Conduct.

Subjects like trigonometry, calculus, geometry, and algebra, should be taught only in college or as high school electives since these are not relevant to the everyday life of Filipinos, he said.

Way to go, buck-o. Spoken like a true lawyer, you and your fungible legal fictions. You've just lost the nerd vote.


  1. If you look closely, it's a 2006 article. From that time, you could see the inconsistency already. Math is essential. And yet trigonometry, calculus, geometry and algebra are not relevant. So what exactly IS math to him? 1+1? :P

    Now take a look at his latest statement on education: Such long flowery words. Yet he still has no clue on how to answer the question.

    Abugago talaga!

  2. He lost my nerd vote by being spokesperson for Presidential-wannabe FPJ in 2004.

  3. I went to the link provided by Charo. The question to Escudero was "How do you intend to improve the literacy of our children in the public schools? "
    I couldn't understand his answer because I am illiterate in Tagalog.

  4. Heh. It's all motherhood statements, Bob. Just like the current leader of the most powerful nation in the world.

  5. "current leader of the most powerful nation in the world."?
    Pope Benedict?

  6. Secular power, not spiritual power.

  7. I am all over re-plurking this so my Facebook friends can get another dose of reality of the Chiz-omania.
    Sorry but even if his father was a member of the Marcos cabinet, I prefer pere as a civil servant because he concentrated on important issues like agriculture and food.