In Pursuit of Excellence

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The world is changing day by day into a world of progress. To cope with this development, countries need to emphasize their states of education. One of these countries is the Philippines. Our nation, as of now, is still trailing behind the race.  As a solution to speed up the improvement of our education, elective subjects are being offered in the high school and colleges levels. But will these help our country in its race towards educational success?

In an Education Rating Survey in 2007 by the United States Department of Education, the Philippines is the second least- performing among the countries surveyed, next to South Africa which is the first. This survey proves that the Philippines really need to improve its quality education.

In Japan, educators are putting much importance in elective subjects. Messrs Takayuki and Takuro Matsuo of different technology institutes wrote a document that focuses on the importance of optional subjects in school education. They point out that elective subjects are now very useful in schools since they pull out one’s opinions and concerns. They also say that they consider elective subjects as the biggest educational subjects in the future.

In the Philippines, many students are looking for universities and colleges which offer good elective subjects. The trending elective subjects as of 2008 are those about Controls and Instrumentation, Languages, and Factory Automation. Lots of students are craving to get at least one elective course under those fields because college graduates who took those elective courses are in demand abroad.

However, some schools do not put much importance on elective subjects since they are just optional. They tend to focus on the major subjects. It is natural for universities to emphasize more on these subjects because they really are the important ones but still, they should not leave the elective subjects behind because they are also important. Elective subjects are a key in advancing our state of education.

Taking elective subjects will really help in improving our quality of education. It will also help us compete against other countries. But elective subjects are still not a guarantee that we will be able to catch up with other Asian countries that are now on top of the list. The Department of Education should also take a look on how students are attaining education. “Are they getting good education? Are the teachers doing their job well?” Those are just some questions that the department should answer. On top of all, all of our government’s efforts would be useless without the students’ cooperation. Everyone should give high priority to their education so that we will be able to cope with other countries. (Dyan Bunao)