Most of us are familiar with the names of Efren Abueg, Rogelio Sikat, Genoveva Edroza Matute. They’re some of the well-known writers in our Filipino books. But just like the quote ‘Only change is permanent’, it looks like a group of teenagers wanted to change our books.
A group of WattPad fans seeks to replace the short stories on our Filipino Textbooks, they said that WattPad novels is the modern way of teaching literature to highschool students. The group named Literary Artists’ for New Dogma International started the idea in their Facebook Page. In their statement, they brag that they can see the future of our educational system where every teen knows about the basics of relationship. They justified that there’s nothing more Christian than being able to love at a very young age.
The idea gathered both supports and criticism from experts. According to WattPad expert Nacar Elate, this is a bold move to strengthen the educational system in the Philippines. In his statement, he claimed that WattPad Novels should be read by all highschool student, this will help them understand the world especially when it comes to dealing with heartbreaks.
The Concerned Parents and Citizens Association gave this movement a thumbs down, they claimed that most WattPad novels are just thrash and should be given to garbage collectors not to highschool students. In their official statement, they said that they are ready to launch another signature campaign to ban WattPad just like what they did to Clash of Clans.
In a survey conducted by Purse Asia International, it is estimated that 1 out of 15 highschoolers visits WattPad regularly. A relevant study shows that 45% of teen WattPad users are teenage parents, which suggests that WattPad introduces maturity and responsibility to its readers. According to the International Group of Literary Experts, WattPad novels are world-class in terms of content, they even compared it to Rizal’s El Filibusterismo.
Currently, the hashtag #WattPadForHighschool has been circulating over the internet to show support to this movement. For those who are against it, the hashtag #SaveLiteraturePH has been launched by a group of anti-wattpad netizens.