THE HIGH SCHOOL, CEBU.
plan of equipping the Filipino to become a unit in a republic was most elaborate. A good general education was an important element in the prescription. To build schools and operate them requires money.
All the funds available permit but one-third of the children to attend school and then the buildings are overcrowded. Lack of funds forces the employment of many Filipino teachers who speak English with such a strong accent that an American, just over, has difficulty in understanding them. I went to a school-house a few miles out of Cebu and listened to a class in arithmetic. The teacher, a young Filipina, wrestled with the children in English, but as I turned to go I heard her drop into Visayan, as she could not make the class understand otherwise. As soon as they get home, the boys and girls put their English away with their schoolbooks. American residents do not help the matter. They love to try out their a bambooa Spanish on the natives and some even learn Visayan, instead of teaching their employes English.
The phonograph idea, which I have advanced to many teachers here, is not so impractical as some declare. Let the industrial schools turn to and manufacture phonographs. Put one in every home. The Bureau of Education can manufacture records in the native dialects with an English translation.
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