We often associate education with academic institutions and earning academic degrees. In fact we have differentiated between formal and non-formal education; the former refers to academic programs and the latter to vocational programs. Almost everyone wishes to complete an academic program. Such notion of education has become a yardstick for status, progress, and even civilization. Our concept of education is a product of a long history of contacts and transformation of mental structures.
This paper is a general historical survey of education in the Cordillera. It attempts to address the question: what role has education played among the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera?