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.