"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Monday, June 4, 2012

If We Only Regard Them as Our Very Own....

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For 21.5 million school children,
the shortages this year:

Teachers - 132,483
Classrooms - 97,685
Water & Sanitation Facilities - 153,709 


DepEd has now started the implementation of the second phase of its K to 12 curriculum. Amidst shortages in teachers, classrooms and toilets, DepEd is optimistic that these needs will be met by 2016 when the additional years in high school will begin. 

A mother was worried here in Virginia after finding out that there might be as many as 25 pupils in the class her son would be joining this coming school year. The mother of that 5 year-old boy is my spouse. 

The situation would have been vastly different if my son is about to start schooling in a public school in the Philippines. I wonder.... What would I do? What could I do? What should I do?

3 comments:

  1. Hi Angel,

    We should not be overwhelmed by the magnitude and nature of our problems. We can only do our best, work honestly, diligently with resolve and faith in God and in one another. Just do whatever we can in our own ways and means towards the realization of our dream.

    The K-12 task, which our people chose to undertake is a noble one and if we do it right, it could bring a legitimate hope not only for us but also for future generations. Surely, it is linked to many facets of our society such as economics, population growth, politics, national character and more. But if we take care of edcation, good, quality education, it is my hope and belief that someday, we will reach the pot at the end of the rainbow.
    Keep looking up.

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    1. K to 12 completely disregards the real problems Philippine basic education faces. It did not come from the ground (teachers and principals) but mainly from the top. Again, if we only regard these children as our very own.... We will not waste time on a misguided K to 12 curriculum and will address the real problems now.

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  2. If your child would be attending kindergarten in one of these triple-shift schools and would be taught by a volunteer who would receive 3000 pesos a month, would this be acceptable. You need to look at the situation with this perspective, otherwise, you would not see the real picture.

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