"When you control a man's thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions."
EDUCATION IS POLITICAL
We discussed some of the L items that are compromised in colonialism and what is needed to divide and conquer. Labor, Love, Land, Life, Language, Liberty and Legacy. If you really wanted to change the way someone thought...where would be the most effective? The CLASSROOM.
|The classroom is the site the that reproduces society's values|
|Military Strategy of Schooling: molding the people's minds is the best means of conquest|
American schooling in the Philippines has been used as the systematic placement of people into different social positions. American schooling was the key to the U.S. colonizing the Philippines. In addition to the colonization and oppression of Filipinos in the Philippines through land, resources, religion and language, they also changed the way Filipinos ate & cooked.
They changed the curriculum in the classrooms implementing the importance of hygiene, nutritional benefits and agriculture. The restaurants in the Philippines consisted of European, West fare, American and Spanish cuisine. The implementation went beyond the classrooms in curriculum but also through literature, changing cookbooks and changing advertisements. Ads changed the way Filipinos cooked by stating that imported products were better because it passed higher sanitation and hygiene standards. There was every reason why Filipino cuisine and homegrown, native, products were not sufficient enough. Imported was better.
INDIGENOUS vs. CURRENT DIET
What is killing the Filipina/o American?
Before colonialism through deforestation and diet Filipinas/os lived off the land. Their diet consisted of fish and greens. Because of the climate and working conditions Filipinas/os stayed away from heavy meals. They snacked lightly throughout the day, which was known as "merienda." However, even that was changed when Americans came. They were told to eat 3 meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
So, who had do you think had it right? Filipinos or Americans
Indigenous Foods of the Philippines
What foods do you think are indigenous to the Philippines?
Here's what we came up with...
Food For Thought?