[EDS 103] eJOURNAL ENTRY #2.1: Module 2

Module 2: Theories of Learning

Am i intelligent? maybe i am just lucky.

PHOTO: Medals I have accumulated since Grade 1.

Over the week, I have been doubting my very own self. Am I really intelligent like what people around me would always say? I do not think so. It is just that we think very differently. I firmly believe that in the society that we are living in, no one is inferior and/or superior than the other. All of us were made equally. All of us started from being a “tabula rasa.” We are all a living masterpiece that has no definite ending as we get to choose our destiny and fate based on our preferences.
I have crawled my way out of being the third honorable mention (and of desolation) to becoming the valedictorian of our class. I even managed to pass the college entrance exams–PUPCET and UPCAT. How is that even possible that I was the only who managed to pass the UPCAT in our batch? I cannot even believe it myself! All this time, I have been self-pitying–thinking that I can never be better than everyone else. Then realized that life is not all about that. Academic performance can’t accurately tell one’s intelligence, especially in cases where a student is actually introvert or maybe experiencing some personal issues. Then, how about those who have no access to education? We cannot really determine their intelligence, then.
In Valley High Academy, the school I have attended from elementary to junior high school, “second honors” is the highest rank I could be. Then I have decided to transfer to another school, Virgen del Pilar School, where I spent my entire senior high school days. Surprisingly, as a transferee, I managed to be in the Rank 1 from my first year of stay up to the last. Does that mean that I have gotten more intelligent than the previous years? No. Obviously, it was due to the fact that the environment has changed. It only pertains that I have adapted and adopted very well with the new environment–not because I am the strongest and the smartest in the class. I have observed that there are people inside the classroom who, I think, there are classmates who are smarter than me and performs better than I do (as I am very lazy to perform such tasks).
It just so happens that we were assessed based on our academic performance. Grades do not measure one’s intelligence, especially when some are just too lazy to exert some effort to excel academically due to various factors, such as personal problems. Thus, being an honor student is just a reward for exerting so much effort. The real things is once we step out of our comfort zone and start dealing with the “real-life situations.” Only then, we would know if one would be able to use all of his/her learnings from the past (or maybe something unlearned yet, but intuitive thinking may control the situation) to address, to assess, and to solve the issues one’s issue or other person’s issue.
From the land that your feet are placed in, we can all rise up like a smoking, fiery bird to skyline–beautifully and with full confidence! It is possible by being eager to learn the process and to absorb and/or digest every tidbit of it. Do not let the numbers (grades, scores and results) and the rewards (such as medals, certificates, etc.) be your poison! Or else, it will consume much of you. These cannot perfectly define who you really are, together with the things you can do and your limitations as an individual. There will always be a room for improvement! There are still so much to learn in this journey that they call “life.” Go on and seek for new set of knowledge! Slowly step out of your comfort zone and think outside the box. Only then, you can challenge yourself by going through the trial-and-error phase. Over the week, I have been doubting my very own self. Am I really intelligent like what people around me would always say? I do not think so. It is just that we think very differently. I firmly believe that in the society that we are living in, no one is inferior and/or superior to others. All of us were made equally. All of us started from being a “tabula rasa.” We are all a living masterpiece that has no definite ending as we get to choose our destiny and fate based on our preferences. 
I have crawled my way out of being the third honorable mention (and of desolation) to becoming the valedictorian of our class. I even managed to pass the college entrance exams–PUPCET and UPCAT.  How is that even possible that I was the only who managed to pass the UPCAT in our batch?  I cannot even believe it myself!  All this time, I have been self-pitying–thinking that I can never be better than everyone else. Then realized that life is not all about that. Academic performance can’t accurately tell one’s intelligence, especially in cases where a student is actually introvert or may be experiencing some personal issues. Then, how about those who have no access to education? We cannot really determine their intelligence, then. 
In Valley High Academy, the school I have attended from elementary to junior high school,  “second honors” is the highest rank I could be. Then I have decided to transfer to another school, Virgen del Pilar School, where I spent my entire senior high school days. Surprisingly, as a transferee, I managed to be in Rank 1 from my first year of stay up to the last. Does that mean that I have gotten more intelligent than the previous years? No. Obviously, it was due to the fact that the environment has changed. It only pertains that I have adapted and adapted very well with the new environment–not because I am the strongest and the smartest in the class. I have observed that there are people inside the classroom who, I think, there are classmates who are smarter than me and performs better than I do (as I am very lazy to perform such tasks). 
It just so happens that we were assessed based on our academic performance. Grades do not measure one’s intelligence, especially when some are just too lazy to exert some effort to excel academically due to various factors, such as personal problems. Thus, being an honor student is just a reward for exerting so much effort. The real thing is once we step out of our comfort zone and start dealing with the “real-life situations.” Only then, we would know if one would be able to use all of his/her learnings from the past (or maybe something unlearned yet, but intuitive thinking may control the situation) to address, to assess, and to solve the issues one’s issue or other person’s issue. 
From the land that your feet are placed in, we can all rise up like a smoking, fiery bird to skyline–beautifully and with full confidence! It is possible by being eager to learn the process and to absorb and/or digest every tidbit of it. Do not let the numbers (grades, scores, and results) and the rewards (such as medals, certificates, etc.) be your poison! Or else, it will consume much of you. These cannot perfectly define who you really are, together with the things you can do and your limitations as an individual. There will always be room for improvement! There is still so much to learn on this journey that they call “life.” Go on and seek for a new set of knowledge! Slowly step out of your comfort zone and think outside the box. Only then, you can challenge yourself by going through the trial-and-error phase.    Over the week, I have been doubting my very own self. Am I really intelligent like what people around me would always say? I do not think so. It is just that we think very differently. I firmly believe that in the society that we are living in, no one is inferior and/or superior than the other. All of us were made equally. All of us started from being a “tabula rasa.” We are all a living masterpiece that has no definite ending as we get to choose our destiny and fate based on our preferences.
I have crawled my way out of being the third honorable mention (and of desolation) to becoming the valedictorian of our class. I even managed to pass the college entrance exams–PUPCET and UPCAT. How is that even possible that I was the only who managed to pass the UPCAT in our batch? I cannot even believe it myself! All this time, I have been self-pitying–thinking that I can never be better than everyone else. Then realized that life is not all about that. Academic performance can’t accurately tell one’s intelligence, especially in cases where a student is actually introvert or maybe experiencing some personal issues. Then, how about those who have no access to education? We cannot really determine their intelligence, then.
In Valley High Academy, the school I have attended from elementary to junior high school, “second honors” is the highest rank I could be. Then I have decided to transfer to another school, Virgen del Pilar School, where I spent my entire senior high school days. Surprisingly, as a transferee, I managed to be in the Rank 1 from my first year of stay up to the last. Does that mean that I have gotten more intelligent than the previous years? No. Obviously, it was due to the fact that the environment has changed. It only pertains that I have adapted and adopted very well with the new environment–not because I am the strongest and the smartest in the class. I have observed that there are people inside the classroom who, I think, there are classmates who are smarter than me and performs better than I do (as I am very lazy to perform such tasks).
It just so happens that we were assessed based on our academic performance. Grades do not measure one’s intelligence, especially when some are just too lazy to exert some effort to excel academically due to various factors, such as personal problems. Thus, being an honor student is just a reward for exerting so much effort. The real things is once we step out of our comfort zone and start dealing with the “real-life situations.” Only then, we would know if one would be able to use all of his/her learnings from the past (or maybe something unlearned yet, but intuitive thinking may control the situation) to address, to assess, and to solve the issues one’s issue or other person’s issue.
From the land that your feet are placed in, we can all rise up like a smoking, fiery bird to skyline–beautifully and with full confidence! It is possible by being eager to learn the process and to absorb and/or digest every tidbit of it. Do not let the numbers (grades, scores and results) and the rewards (such as medals, certificates, etc.) be your poison! Or else, it will consume much of you. These cannot perfectly define who you really are, together with the things you can do and your limitations as an individual. There will always be a room for improvement! There are still so much to learn in this journey that they call “life.” Go on and seek for new set of knowledge! Slowly step out of your comfort zone and think outside the box. Only then, you can challenge yourself by going through the trial-and-error phase.

SCAN: An excerpt from Miriam Defensor Santiago’s “Stupid is Forever” (2014), p. 55.

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