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A global teacher inspires; UP Educ hosts NCRTE 2013

(October 25)—Who is a global teacher? Noted writer and former Philippine Undersecretary of Education Isagani R. Cruz said the global teacher is someone who “inspires.”

Cruz was the keynote speaker at the 2013 National Conference on Research in Teacher Education (NCRTE) that opened on October 24 at the College of Education.  It will culminate tomorrow, October 26.

Cruz said in these days when information is readily available through the search engine Google™, students need a teacher who inspires for “that is the only thing they cannot do for themselves.”

“We have to remember that we are here because we are molding human beings.  We are not teaching subjects, we are teaching human beings.  And we have to inspire them.  That is the only thing that we can do and that is the only thing that they cannot do.  The computer cannot inspire them.  What can inspire is a somebody—flesh and blood—infront of them, doing something,” Cruz said. 

Prof. Elenita Que, NCRTE Program Committee Chair said the conference “intends to advance the global competitiveness of teacher education in the Philippines.”

Cruz made note of this in stating that the role of teachers today is to make this present-oriented generation understand the past.  Teachers must also be ahead of their students at all times. 

“The kids do not know the past.  The kids are very present-oriented.  We have to make them remember, to let them know that we have been through this before.  And we must be ahead of them in all ways.  There is no point being a teacher if we are always behind of everybody,” he said.

NCRTE 2013, which is on Globalizing Teacher Education for National Development, had six main points or strands tackled: Standards-Based Education; Information and Communication Technology in Education; Values-Based Education; Multicultural Education; Public-Private Partnership in Education; and Assessment and Evaluation in Education. 

“When we were planning for the theme as well as the strands of the conference, we looked into the different standards not only in the Philippines, but ASEAN as well as global standards,” said Dr. Ferdinand B. Pitagan, chair of the NCRTE 2013 Media, Publicity and Souvenir Program Committee.  “When you look at our strands the topics that were proposed are in line with ASEAN 2015.  It is also in line with STEM, Unesco, (and) with T21, which is the 21st century in learning and teaching.”

NCRTE 2013 was attended by educators, school administrators and researchers and had presenters from Malaysia, China, Japan and Guam.—Mariamme D. Jadloc