Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Time to Re-Write our History Books

"These young voters are in for a surprise."

Just five days shy of the elections, I stumble across this video on Facebook. I swear, I'm a sucker for click-bait headlines.

So I click and expect a funny surprise. Never did I expect, though, to end up teary-eyed.



This isn't scripted nor is it played by actors. It's real people. Real stories. Real emotions.

Young people who never lived through the Martial Law era may have a glorified image of it. I don't blame them. I blame our education system. In school, our Araling Panlipunan textbooks don't tell us what really happened. It's stories of teachers on the side that we get a glimpse of its reality.

I just signed the petition at the end. You may want to consider it. It's addressed to our Department of Education (DepEd) to re-write Philippine history books to include the full story of the Martial Law era.

It'll take a while before we see real change in our textbooks. But with elections happening in a few days, I hope change starts by voting wisely. Very wisely.

As my former colleague shared, "Today is World Press Freedom Day, and I celebrate my right to post this without fear of being persecuted or killed. May such liberties never be taken away from us by another dictator."

#NeverAgain 
#NeverForget

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