Assoc. Prof. Archie B. Resos, PhD, the Chair of the Department of History and a faculty researcher of the Research Center for Culture, Arts, and the Humanities, was recently appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as a Member of the Teacher Education Council of the Department of Education.
Resos will represent Social Studies Teachers and replaces Lorina V. Calingasan. In an interview with the Communications Bureau, he said that one of the things he hopes to address is “the problem of mechanical memorization of facts rather than interpreting and understanding what they represent and signify.” To do so, he intends to “advocate critical thinking among [the basic education] Social Studies teachers.” Resos emphasized his desire to teach students how to “reason out cogently and logically,” guided by the dictum “not to believe the veracity of an idea unless proven otherwise.”
Resos’s research interests include diplomatic history, Korean studies, institutional history, and political history. Among his published works are the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Eastern European Socialist Bloc during the time former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, as well as a parallelism of Kung Fu Tzu’s political philosophy with the rise and fall of former President Joseph Estrada’s administration.