Trials at Ateneo de Manila High School
- Ester Estrella M. Abito, M.Sc. .
Ateneo de Manila High School, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108, PHILIPPINES
The inclusion of Bioethics issues in the Biology classes of the Ateneo de Manila High School has started years back. With the participation of the school in the Bioethics Education Project in July 2003, entire Biology classes were eventually devoted to Bioethics concerns using appropriate Bioethics chapters/ modules. The suitability of the Bioethics chapters used in the classes is based mainly on their relevance to the Biology curriculum currently implemented in the school.
2. The Ateneo de Manila High School 1
The Ateneo de Manila High School is a Filipino, Catholic, Jesuit, college preparatory school. As a Filipino school, it seeks “to prepare its students not only to live as responsible and productive members of Filipino society but to make a critical difference in the currents and ideas that can direct the growth of Filipino life.”
As one of the Philippines’ premier Jesuit Schools, and as a college preparatory school of the Ateneo de Manila University, the Ateneo de Manila High School is “inspired and guided by the philosophy behind Jesuit Education.”
The Ateneo believes “that a training in liberal education is the means to achieve this purpose. An Atenean is exposed to the rich literary heritage of different cultures, developing habits of orderly thought, critical reflection, imaginative, clear, and persuasive communication together with the rigorous mental discipline of mathematics and the sciences.”
The Atenean is given “an understanding of his world from the perspective of his Catholic faith and its teachings.” Thus, “ultimately, the formation given by the Ateneo de Manila High School aims to mould young men into future leaders who will serve the Filipino society and contribute to the global community, into Christ-Centered men with Conscience, men of Competence and of Compassionate Commitment.”
Trial Classes on Bioethics Chapters
To appreciate the facility with which the Ateneo de Manila High School welcomed the Bioethics project and the vigor of its faculty’s participation in the project, it is useful to understand the school’s motto, Lux in Domino, or "Light in the Lord."2
Taken from the letter of St. Paul to the Ephesians (5:8), the words “Light in the Lord” capture the “spirit of a way of life which the Ateneo holds up to her sons as their best contribution to the work by which God transformed the world. Thus, the Ateneo calls on its youth “to BE that light of the Lord in the world.”
Therefore, along the goals of modern Jesuit education through “the harmonious development of moral and intellectual virtues,” the Ateneo de Manila High School seeks “to preserve, extend, and communicate truth and apply it to the development of man and the preservation of his environment.”
. pp. 597-601 in Macer, DRJ., ed., "Challenges for Bioethics from Asia" (Eubios Ethics Institute, 2004).
1 Websites of the Ateneo de Manila University and the Ateneo de Manila High School
2 Website of the Ateneo de Manila University