Rizal had his early training in Calamba and Binan. It was a typical education that a son of an ilustrado household acquired throughout his time, characterised by the 4 R’s- studying, writing, arithmetic, and faith. Instruction was inflexible and strict. Data was pressured into the minds of the pupils by way of the tedious reminiscence technique aided by the instructor’s whip. Regardless of the defects of the Spanish system of elementary training, Rizal was in a position to purchase the mandatory instruction preparatory for school work in Manila.
It might be stated that Rizal, who was born a bodily weakling, rose to turn out to be an mental big not due to, however quite regardless of, the outmoded and backward system of instruction acquiring within the Philippines over the past many years of Spanish regime. Since boyhood Rizal knew the worth of fine training. His exile in Dapitan gave him the chance to place into apply his academic concepts. In 1893, he established a college which existed till the top of his exile in July 1896.
It started with three pupils and in the midst of time the enrollment elevated to 16 and later 21.
In his letter to Blumentritt on March 13, Rizal stated that he had 16 pupils in his college and these pupils didn’t pay any tuition. As an alternative of charging them, he made them work in his backyard, fields and development initiatives in the neighborhood. Rizal taught this boys studying, writing, languages (Spanish and English), geography, historical past, arithmetic arithmetic and geometry), industrial work, nature research, morals and gymnastics. He skilled them how one can accumulate specimens of crops and animals, to like work, and to “behave like males”.
Formal lessons have been carried out between 2:00 to four:00 P. M. In Ateneo, the most effective pupil was referred to as an “emperor” and he sat on the head of the bench whereas the poorest pupil occupies the top of the bench. Throughout recess the pupils constructed fires within the backyard to drive away the bugs, pruned the fruit bushes, and manured the soil. Outdoors the category hours, Rizal inspired them to play video games with the intention to strengthen their our bodies. That they had gymnastics, boxing, wrestling, stone-throwing, swimming, arnis (native fencing), and boating.