It was my second year of celebrating Independence Day as a public school teacher. It was the 117th year since Emilio Aguinaldo, the country’s first president according to historical canon, declared the Philippines free from the shackles of Spanish colonization. It is an Independence fraught with controversy – questions of legitimacy foremost among them – and the revolution that was its instrument is these days being revisited with questions of a revolution to what degree if it only served to install the local elite? It is good to be reminded of the tension with which we claim this Independence and to be reminded of how despite this claim, it has remained meaningless these past 117 years for some of our countrymen.
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I fell in love with learning in my teen years and I've stayed in love all these years. I wanted to be a person who could SEE signs, connections, and beauty where others could not and I knew I could be that person if I knew more and understood more. The universe was and still is a fascinating enigma and life is about collecting different keys for unlocking its mysteries. That's what Eureka is all about. I hope that my passion shows when I teach and I hope that it is infectious. If there is a gift I want to impart to my students, it is the joy of an Aha! unlocking in their mind, of something clicking and making sense or opening into a vast wonderland of possibility. That is why I teach. View all posts by thedoe