HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 9 no. 2 & 3 (1961)

Educational Ideals of Rizal

Prudencio Langcauon

Discipline: History



At a time like ours today when more than ever before, we are coming to realize that education is the only cure for many of the diseases which the modern world has engendered in our beloved land, it should be refreshing to examine the educational ideals of Dr. Rizal. For this great patriot, like Aristotle and all others who have meditated on art of governing mankind, was convinced that the destiny of nations or the fate of republics depends chiefly on sound education. In proof of this we have only perhaps to read the statement inscribed in big letters on the Rizal monument at the Luneta: "De la Instruccion Nace la Grandeza de las Naciones," or to quote the opening stanza of his poem "Por la Educacion Recibe Lustre la Patria" which, it may be said in passing, he wrote at the age of fifteen.

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