Speed to SPED. A playful, yet concise description of what today’s special education system in the Philippines badly needs. Yes, history has proven that we are almost always slow to act and react to any situation. As the foreigners would usually refer to Filipinos as “too relaxed and passive,” so is our take on the present need of our educational system to focus on an important part of the populace- those of individuals with special needs for their academic life. Well, when a nation is plagued with poverty to the left, and corruption to the right, who would even take time to solve a problem as mundane as people’s natural disabilities? Every day, we struggle to eat three times and when we see somebody with special needs, we just brush it off as part of nature’s harsh will. Seeing them struggle and relating to it with our own challenges, we then look to the government for answers and knowing we won’t get any, we usually blame them for their derelictions.
But this site is not intended to criticize the government’s lack of action nor ridicule it for the seemingly blatant misrepresentation of lawmakers. Instead, this is to somehow aid the educators in making their jobs easier, with just the knowledge that others out there also care. That others would also endeavour to labour long hours just to impart teachings to their students and witness the miracle of learning. Just like a caterpillar that pupates into a butterfly, this site will try to reach out to other educators and together, keep the torch burning for a better special education in the Philippines. In so doing, the hope of making a positive difference, however small, will result to a greater impact for the system and let the butterfly soar high. Thus, together we shout: “Speed to SPED!”
Welcome aboard, special educators!