Critical thinking critically needed PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 February 2017 12:11

By Remedios F. Marmoleño


There are times when I wonder if those who are decision makers in government actually think critically about  the decisions they are making. I mention critical thinking as a basis for making this statement because in one article a well-known person engaged in education mentioned that in this age there are 4 traits essential for success: critical thinking, cooperation, communication and  creativity. Let us focus for now on critical thinking and how this applied to some decisions of government that hit the news recently.

Locally, there was the resolution to put up a marker in memory of a local young woman who was killed (murdered?)  recently. I have nothing against the victim whom I don’t even know. Cong. Lobregat reacted to the resolution because of the obvious errors regarding the killing that were found in the resolution. The good congressman has his point. My own reaction is something else. Why was  a marker for this particular person thought of?  I ask the question without meaning any disrespect for the deceased or her family. But she certainly is not the only victim of foul play in our city, much to our regret. If the marker is put up for her, what happens if the family of other victims make the same request? Are we going to have a city which will look  like a cemetery with memorial markers all over? Will not those markers remind people about the risk of being killed in our city?

As a result of the ugly war on drugs a facility was put up in Pampanga as a rehab center. Made possible by a very generous donation of a Chinese philanthropist, the facility is big enough to accommodate 10,000 persons who want to overcome their drug habit. Okay, call it drug  addiction if you want.  Normally a project like this is something to be glad about. But big enough for 10,000 clients? Whoever thought this up did not have an inkling of what addiction is all about nor what rehabilitation of drug addicts requires. You need personnel with training in medical and  psychological science. How many would be required to attend to 10,000  clients?  If the rehab program is not for free, how much would it cost the client to go through the program? How many addicts can afford  that?  How much would it cost the DOH to run the facility?  This last is a good question to ask because we have observed that there is often not enough in the budget to run health clinics which provide basic health care in the barangays.    According to the incumbent DOH Secretary to date there are only some 120 clients in this facility built for 10,000.00

Where was critical thinking in these two situations?