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Who is Jose Rizal to common people? What is the impact of his life, woks and writings? When we ask most average persons today these questions, they might answer something like, he is our national hero, he died in Bagumbayan, and he wrote two great novels. Beyond that nothing more is explicitly said about Jose Rizal. As I read through the chapters of the book I have come discover many more things that is admirable about this man. In his childhood, he wrote a poem to his fellow children reminding them to always love their native tongue. The children of today tend to like the invaders tongue. Maybe they are ashamed of their true language assuming that they are more superior if they speak the more popular language. How do we teach the new breed to love our native tongue? As a student in his early age Rizal was enthusiastic in his studies, always on the top of the class. I am sure that there were distractions during his times but he never was tempted to be lazy in school. In this lifetime I can see many young students wasting their precious time playing computer games, doing things that have nothing to do to excel. In my elementary days, we were taught in a strict manner. Though strict but effective, we cannot see that now. Students of today have the privilege to do anything they want regardless of what the teacher think. The youth is the hope of the future, is this true still? Rizal also is a religious child. Though it is a given, because the main focus of education by his time is religion. But he was a devoted catholic. Is this kind of spirit still in the youth today? Have you been to church lately? Merely, we can see a young boy or girl really listening to the gospel or paying attention at all. What kind of transformation are we teaching the youth today? The youth should be guided properly and appropriately, we have to do everything we can to make them understand that they are the hope of the fatherland. Let us not mislead them by

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