In hatred and in haste

Inez Ponce de leon - @inquirerdotnet 08/10/2022

A few weeks ago, I was a keynote speaker for a national conference for educators. I talked about teaching critical thinking, which includes encouraging kids to read beyond headlines—and to read carefully before commenting on anything, whether…

Tears for a broken history

Inez Ponce de leon - @inquirerdotnet 07/27/2022

Last week, the actress who likened history to gossip sat down for an interview, sobbed, and wailed that she had been bullied. She did not know what she had done wrong. The response from the sensible segment…

A country of label lovers

Inez Ponce de leon - @inquirerdotnet 07/20/2022

Is the Philippines really an agricultural country? The label is so pervasive that it’s almost taken for granted. A closer look at the numbers shows a different story. Agriculture’s contribution to our gross domestic product (GDP) has…

Assassinating history

Inez Ponce de leon - @inquirerdotnet 07/13/2022

In 2014, I advised a thesis group that created an online archive for comfort women’s stories. They worked under the model of people’s history (as conceptualized by Howard Zinn), or history told through the eyes of those…

Comprehending comprehension

Inez Ponce de leon - @inquirerdotnet 06/29/2022

The results of the most recent international report on the state of Philippine education are dismal: Filipino students cannot comprehend what they read, even when they spend long hours in school. Moreover, remote learning has not improved…

Lessons from an Open House

Inez Ponce de leon - @inquirerdotnet 06/08/2022

Last month, my home department at the Ateneo, the Department of Communication, held its annual Open House for prospective freshmen. The Open House is a weekend event (virtual in recent years) that demonstrates to would-be students what…

Going beyond the tests and the textbooks

Inez Ponce de leon - @inquirerdotnet 05/25/2022

Our school standards have once again been questioned these last few months. There was “Pinoy Big Brother” and “MaJoHa”; a module that targeted opposition personalities; the twisted history and misunderstandings of science online. Then, there are the…

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