Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Aftermath of Colonialism

As a republic, the Philippines is only 66 years old. The country as we know it today has spent four centuries under colonial rule by major powers. For more than 350 years it was ruled by Spain before the Americans, who ruled for another 50 years, after they "defeated" the Spaniards. Japan briefly wrested control of the country from the U.S. when it occupied the Philippines for four years during the Second World War. After the war, in 1945, the country was granted independence by the U.S.

During Spain's colonial rule most Filipinos were effectively converted into Catholicism. Under Spain, religion did not make the life of Filipinos any easier. The friars, who often wielded more power than the colonial administrators, were no less oppressive in their treatment of Filipinos. Both Church and State were competing powers that ruled the secular and religious life of the people. The cross and the sword were the backbones of Spanish colonial rule. Each commanded obedience and exacted tribute from its subjects. The three and a half centuries of Spanish rule completely suppressed any blossoming of Filipino identity as a nation and as a people. Traces of Filipino culture that the Spaniards found when they first arrived either were obliterated, transformed, or replaced with what the Spaniards believed to be their more superior culture and beliefs. These foreign cultural influences were fused with indigenous beliefs and practices in the psyche of the native Filipinos. For example, Christian practice and worship by Filipinos have elements of animistic beliefs and an emphasis on worship of idols. The representation of saints often became more important than what it represented.

The Spaniards fostered the regional separation of Filipinos and exploited the language barriers among Filipinos who spoke a number of regional languages and dialects. Afraid of a rallying force that can unify the Filipinos, the learning of Spanish language was never promoted. In fact, Filipinos from regions who spoke a different language or dialect were often used to suppress rebellions in other regions. Today the Philippines is the only former Spanish colony where Spanish is hardly spoken. Except for the Spanish names of most citizens and the sprinkling of Spanish words in the Filipino language, Spanish is basically irrelevant.

When the Americans supplanted the Spaniards as colonial masters, after a brief but bloody pacification campaigns against the Filipino revolutionaries, who were fighting the Spaniards for independence before the Americans came, they used a different colonial approach. The Americans built institutions such as government, education, and promoted the English language. To this day most Filipinos are bilingual, able to speak English and Pilipino, and in some cases, in addition to a dialect in the region they were born. The Americans effectively captured the minds of Filipinos and used a powerful tool of colonialism, the idolization of everything American; hence, the birth of a cult mentality from fashion, music, cinema, to toothpaste.

Adding insult to injury, the brief but brutal occupation of the Philippines by the Japanese, left many Filipinos with memories of wartime atrocities and abuses. The already saddled Filipino consciousness, with four centuries of colonial rule by Western powers, took another beating.

The last 66 years, following its independence from the United States, was the Filipino nation's journey in search of its soul. The last century of its history had a promising start which, unfortunately, eventually led into a cycle of self-destructive bents in its politics and socio-economic policies. To what malevolent forces do we attribute the cause of such a sad state of the nation? The collective consciousness of a nation subjected to centuries of abuse and traumatization under the yoke of colonialism is surely to blame. Like a child who suffered extended chronic trauma, the Philippines is a nation still trying to heal and find itself.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Making the Most of College

College is a time that you either look forward to or fondly look back on for the rest of your life. Not only is it a time to party and enjoy yourself, but it is also the time when most people discover themselves - both personally and professionally.

Getting distracted in college with all the new experiences can be quite easy whether you're attending Vancouver College of Art and Design or studying chemical engineering at University of Saskatchewan. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your time in college.

Attend Class

Now before you start rolling your eyes and disregard this point entirely, keep in mind that you are paying to get an education. There are in reality, two aspects to this - you're paying for the course and that you want to educate yourself. Neither of these aspects is helped if you end up skipping the class. A good way to drive the point of money home, is to try and break up your total tuition cost into a per class value. This way, every time you end up skipping a class, you'll know exactly how much money you're throwing away.

Schedule Well

There is a fine balance in creating the perfect schedule. You don't want to extend a four year course into a fifth year due to lesser classes nor do you want to be like Jack by not leaving any time for play.

If you know that you're not one to rise early every morning, try and schedule your classes for a little later in the day. Also keep in mind that you would ideally need a breather every 2 hours or so.

Extra-curricular Activities Help

When you step out of the college life and into a job hunting role, you'll find that most hiring managers prefer a well-rounded student over one that is too academically inclined or one that barely scraped through. Take part in the student government, participate in sports, join the drama club, or any other activity that interests you, but take part!

Build Your Network

For most people college is the last time that they get to spend so much time around the same individuals. Use this time to network with students, professors and visiting faculty. The network you build in college often comes in handy through the later years.

Let Your Mind Explore

Even if you came to college knowing exactly what you want to do with your life, you might be surprised with how much a different area of study can increase your educational value. And of course if you're part of the majority who isn't really sure about the course their life will take, it makes even more sense to use your initial year(s) to figure out what you'd like to do.

Remember that your time in college is limited and you need to make the most of it. This includes the time you have for fun. While it is very important to get a good education out of your college years, you don't want to leave college without having some of the best times of your life either!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Class Management Tips - To Enhance the Environment of Secondary Schools

Being a teacher, the most significant difference that you will notice in the secondary schools of India, is that, mostly the behavior of the students are more inflated as they are perceptive and belligerent. For most of the teachers in India, managing classes in the secondary schools becomes a troublesome job, primarily because of growing ages of the students. However, for dealing with effective class management activities, you can follow a number of tips that can help you greatly. Here are the tips:

· Be self-confident:

The most critical necessity for maintaining good class management in a secondary school environment is to be exceptionally confident and to have a great hold on the subject to be taught. This will help you in boosting up your confidence within the class. A strategic preparation to carry out the lesson and evading last-minute planning can add up to your reputation as an anxious teacher, in presence of the students.

· Keep practical expectations:

In secondary schools of India, students are taught by various teachers, who follow different techniques of teaching. As a result the students become familiar to a large variety of teaching rules, methods and viewpoints. Being a teacher, you must keep your expectations understandable and attainable.

· Co-ordinate with other educators:

Often, there is poor and weak co-ordination among the different teachers in the schools. For avoiding class management issues, you must communicate with others, extensively. There may be instances when a student might behave badly during a particular class or session due to the teaching style. Communicating and discussing the issue will help you to figure out the errors and inadequacies in the class.

· Identify your functions:

Being on a respected position, your role is not just to try the teaching process and link topics to real life instances. Producing good and genius students should not be your sole credit. You should also help your students in becoming more responsible, well-informed and creative. As educations in secondary schools are not confined within classroom studies, you can guide them in understanding things beyond realm and connect with your students, at a personal level.

· Track and conduct surveys:

Managing classes in junior colleges becomes more difficult when students are crowded in a single room. Thus, tracking each student separately becomes a tough job. Despite all these issues, you need to conduct a survey or assess everyone's performance on a daily basis. This will help you in identifying the things that are probably missed out during the lesson.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Graduates: Do You Know How Recruiters Find Candidates?

Finding the right resume and getting it into the hands of those responsible for hiring is the job of a recruiter. It is quite a job to go through stacks and stacks of resumes each day and decide on who will be short-listed. Using industry keywords will help your resume go to the top of that good stack. Whether you are searching online with an online resume or handing out a hard copy, it is a must to prepare your resume with keywords that fit the profile of the job you are seeking. The following information will help you understand how to properly execute a resume so that it sticks in the mind of the recruiter. If you can catch the attention of the recruiter, chances are the hiring manager will also like what he or she sees in your resume.

There are certain things you can keep an eye on to ensure that your resume makes it into the hands of the recruiter. It will not always be your credentials that get you the job you want. It all depends on the format and the word usage in the way you present yourself within your resume.


If you are preparing a resume to obtain a development position, then you know the requirements of the position: the employer is seeking someone who is highly skilled in different programs and software language. Inside your resume, you should immediately bring the recruiter's attention to these qualifications. A professional summary is also a good idea, especially if you are already doing work in this specific field.


If you really want a position, then you must look at your resume as though it is your own personal advertisement. Just as important as the keywords is the formatting of the document itself. Functional resumes are one of the best formats to use and it serves a specific purpose. This format allows you to present your credentials in an easy to read way.

All of the above mentioned points are equally important. It is free on most template sites to look over different resume formats. Choose which one will not only reflect your skills the best, but also your personality, as people do want to know with whom they will be working. Having a great resume is directly in proportion to your chances of getting a callback. Once you have made it to the interviewing room, your battle is almost won. Here's wishing you the best in your on- or offline employment search.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Top 5 Nursing Schools in the USA

A career in Medicine is a way to become a valuable part of your local community and society as a whole. Many options for employment and personal satisfaction exist in the field of medicine. There are jobs like nursing, radiology, phlebotomy, etc. through which people can contribute to the field of healthcare and medicine without needing to invest numerous years in a medical college to become a physician. Nursing is a medical occupation that is lucrative and highly fulfilling. Currently there is a demand to attend the best nursing colleges in order to get the top nursing education available.

Some people think these kinds of jobs do not require any kind of education, and that you can begin working in this career with little on-the-job training. However, when we are talking about working on other people one must be knowledgeable about how the human body works and procedures to be followed. Nursing programs provide the necessary background and skill set to enter this specialized field and be ready to take on the work competently. These programs provide education in biology, anatomy, physiology and an understanding of medical apparatus you will use on a daily basis. Below are some of the top colleges in the United States for Nursing:

Johns Hopkins University:

Located in Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins is known for its School of Nursing and the Bloomberg School of Public Health - both renowned in providing the tops in health education. Ranked #1 in the nation, Hopkins is considered one of the preeminent schools for nursing education. It is one of the top recipients of funding for research from the NIH, receiving approximately $7 million in funding each year. Baltimore is a vibrant and artsy city with plenty to do, and sites such as the National Aquarium and the Baltimore Waterfront.

University of Pennsylvania:

The School of Nursing, located in Philadelphia, PA, and is best known for its graduate nursing and pediatric nursing programs. They were ranked number one in the country in master's education in fields such as medical/surgical nursing, nursing anesthesia and nursing midwifery. They offer numerous programs from bachelors through to a PhD in Nursing. Located in the historic city of Philadelphia, this school is surrounded by restaurants, museums, clubs and theatres. As an Ivy League school, Penn School of Nursing holds its place firmly on this list.

University of Washington

Considered a public ivy institution, the University of Washington School of Nursing in Seattle is known for providing excellent education in both general nursing and nursing midwifery. The university's research budget is one of the highest in the U.S. Hundreds of students flock here every year to enroll in their nursing programs. In addition to nursing there are programs for public health, Physician assistant, pharmacy, occupational therapy, etc. Graduates from this school are highly sought after, and make good money. Seattle is a city that promotes outdoor living, and exploration of the natural surroundings of Washington State. Hiking, biking, fishing and kayaking are all very popular pastimes in this beautiful area.

University of California - San Francisco

The best graduate nursing college in the University of California system is located in San Francisco. Focusing solely on health and the biomedical sciences, The School of Nursing is located in Parnassus, along with the schools of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and biomedical sciences. The university is best known for it's innovative medical research, public service, and patient care. Nursing specialties include nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health and gerontology/geriatrics. San Francisco is a diverse and dynamic city with the famous trolly system, and amazing places to visit like Fishermans Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, and Nob hill - just to name a few. Explore the Golden Gate Park and see the famous bridge, in person, while exploring this highly acclaimed school.

University of North Carolina:

University of North Carolina School of Nursing and School of Public Health is recognized for the exceptional education they provide in the Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Consistently ranked in the top 10, they provide degrees from bachelors to Ph.D. Ranked #4 overall in 2012, they specialize in psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist, nursing service administration, pediatric nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner. Located in picturesque Chapel Hill, local sites include planetarium, botanical gardens, theatres and art museums, and of course golf courses. Southern cooking abounds, and the historic district offers antiquing and historic home tours.

An education in nursing from a top ranked university or college can speed up your career and make it easier to obtain a well paying position in the city of your choice. Just try to get a hands-on feel for the college before you say yes. Any of the universities mentioned provide a top-flight education and will open doors to a prestigious and satisfactory career in nursing.