Behind the durability of institutions

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 07/25/2021

Administrations — or governments, as they are called in Europe — may come and go, but even the worst of them do not leave lasting damage on society if the institutions are strong. Institutions are the formed…

The teacher factor

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 07/18/2021

In last week’s column, I focused on the role that language of instruction plays in determining learning outcomes, especially in the early years of formal schooling. Numerous studies have shown that learners are doubly burdened when the…

What ails Philippine education

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 07/11/2021

The below-average test scores of most Filipino students in Mathematics and Science that have been reported in various international assessments are all ultimately attributable to a reading comprehension problem. Our students simply can’t grasp the meaning of…

The outside of politics

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 06/27/2021

In deference to the dead and to those in mourning, propriety demands that the community avoid talking in public about the possible impact that someone’s death may have on the world he or she leaves behind. This…

The opposition’s dilemma

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 06/20/2021

By “opposition,” I simply mean here the many groups and individuals that are determined to prevent the Duterte regime from perpetuating itself beyond the 2022 presidential election. I do not use the term in the context of…

Making the republic work

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 06/13/2021

Whoever thought that a Sara Duterte-Rodrigo Duterte tandem might be the ideal team for the country in the 2022 presidential election is either joking or being cynical. He or she — or they — show no respect…

The return of the lab-leak theory

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 06/06/2021

When the World Health Organization team tasked to investigate the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic reported its findings in March this year, one of its aims appeared to be to dismiss all speculation that the virus had…

Breathing and walking through the pandemic

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/30/2021

Daily, we are informed of the number of new coronavirus cases, of people who have died from the disease, and of the many who are presumed to have recovered. These figures provide a general picture of the…

Vaccine preference: A matter of trust

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/23/2021

The main problem that COVID-19 vaccine rollouts everywhere have had to confront is vaccine refusal or hesitancy, not brand preference or vaccine “choosiness.” Vaccine preference has been observed particularly among those who have already made the decision…

The quest for survival and justice in Israel

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/16/2021

Nowhere is the stark inequality between Israelis and Palestinians, who live in one of the world’s most hallowed lands, more evident than in their COVID-19 vaccination record. With 60 percent of its population fully vaccinated, Israel leads…

Three mothers

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/09/2021

What would Mama say? It’s a question I would frequently hear from our four children. They don’t mean: How their mother would react to something, but how she would interpret a situation or problem with her remarkable…

The sad story of our delayed vaccine rollout

Randy David - @inquirerdotnet 05/02/2021

At the virtual vaccine summit organized the other day by the country’s leading business groups, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. told participants: “We are very confident that the country will be able to achieve herd containment…

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