On Eduardo Gullas' English Bill

by Marck on December 26, 2008

I am of the belief that there are many other skills that are necessary for global competitiveness.  You have countries like Japan, France, and China who do not consider English as a primary language, yet still manage to succeed in the world of business.

Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas proposed a bill espousing English as the medium of instruction in Philippine schools.  According to an Inquirer.net report, Gullas defends his English bill on the basis of it being the key to a globally competitive Filipino.  However, Valenzuela Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo opposes the bill, pushing for a multilingual approach to education.  However, the most powerful argument Rep. Gunigundo makes against English is that Gullas’ bill will only foster a workforce that will supply a steady stream of employees for call centers.

Gunigundo has a good point; if there’s anything that will doom this generation to call center employment prospects in the medium term, it’s the insistence on English.  Not that there’s anything wrong with being a call center agent, but we cannot bank our entire economy on outsourcing.  While there is merit in Gullas’ assertion that English is necessary for sustaining a globally competitive workforce, we should also expend our energies on sustaining what is necessary for the national polity.

Gullas asserts that the  “language of technology” is English, but even this can be challenged.  At best, English is the language of public relations and advertising, which is what is necessary for jobs in outsourcing and call centers.   The language of technology is code and numbers.  If Gullas does indeed want a globally competitive economy that focuses on technology, then competitiveness in mathematics and computer proficiency should be emphasized.

3 comments

“If Gullas does indeed want a globally competitive economy that focuses on technology, then competitiveness in mathematics and computer proficiency should be emphasized.”

AM WITH YOU.

But then again, those are better said in English too! Hahaha! Yet, big and immediate benefits of English though are the call centers but leche naman no! It’s Math and Sciences that they really need to focus on, just like what you said, not that we’re ignoring Call Centers for it has employed way too many kapwa ko mahal ko.

Actually, aside from Match este… Math and SayangSenses errr… Sciences, I honestly would want the establishment err government to take notice and emphasize entrepreneurship – why don’t i hear stuff like business plans and all that? Now, wouldn’t that work effectively in generating employment and really tickle to orgazmic levels micro economy?

I guess, politicians take the easy route of simply saying “Let’s learn English and we’ll all be rich!” like they can speak English themselves besides most of them wa knowing naman coz they bought their lecheng seats! Ugh! I turn off the TV the moment they start speaking English. Pramis.

Bikol anyone?!

by reyna elena on December 27, 2008 at 8:37 pm. Reply #

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“At best, English is the language of public relations and advertising, which is what is necessary for jobs in outsourcing and call centers. The language of technology is code and numbers.”

so true. weren’t the arabs good with maths? did they speak english when they developed the numerical system we use today? scientific or mathematical ideas stand for their own connotations. natural/applied sciences and mathematics carry a universal significance, the language used as the medium of instruction notwithstanding. THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DOES NOT “OWN” SCIENTIFIC OR MATHEMATICAL CONCEPTS.

there’s this publication called “daluyan” (up press) that showcases different mathematical and scientific terminology in filipino. it was pretty cool.

no scientific or mathematical terms in filipino? fuck, let’s make our own!

for the record, our lawmakers, policemen, and military men make me cry when i hear them speak pidgin english. putangina, eh di magtagalog na lang kayo kung hirap kayo!

filipino should not be disregarded. on the other hand, let’s also not abandon english. why try to “unlearn” either when we already use them? however if one needs to have a “priority status”, it should be the national language which is filipino. foreigners who come here should be the ones who should learn our language, not us learning pidgin english for the sake of kissing their sorry asses. if we went to japan or france, we’re the ones who would be obliged to speak japanese or french, respectively, and not them try to speak to us in english.

this bill is utter rubbish. it is just a sipsip move to perpetrate outsourcing which the government strategizes as a last resort to keep this economy afloat (ever heard of VIP treatment to ofws in airports? di ba parang consuelo de bobo lang yun kung iisipin? this bill goes in the same lines). of course, us ignorant masses who want to climb the social ladder will want it, because english is the language of hegemony! and the “foreigners” are gwapo/magaganda because we hold the skewed view of mestizo/mestiza! (but that’s another story)

just my two cent(avo)s

by BONG ABAY on January 18, 2009 at 11:16 pm. Reply #

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