Authors: Ricardo A. Clores, Jeffrey A. Lubang, Mary Ann J. Salvador, Virginia T. Sanfilip, and Jovito R. Santos Jr.
Where do we put the humanities and the arts in a nation that budges and prods its students, like a mantra recited on a daily basis, to take skilled works? Today, the demands of the First World markets are nurses, caregivers and call center agents. Tomorrow, First World needs might shift to hotel and restaurant management practitioners, plumbers, electricians, automechanics and the like. As the country sinks deeper in its economic woes, at the same time tightens its grip even more to First World needs, students are left with no other choice but to submit. Not that there is anything wrong with being a caregiver or a call center agent, if this is what a student truly wants, but the condition paints even more of the pathetic and dwindling opportunities and possibilities for Filipino students.