"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

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

DepEd's K to 12 Has Reached the New York Times

Micaella Serrano, a 16-year old student at Batasan Hills National High School, is now spending her nights and weekends against DepEd's K to 12. An article on the New York Times starts and ends with her story.

Above copied from the New York Times

The article briefly mentions the numerous legal challenges submitted before the highest court in the Philippines. Some of these petitions are based on lack of public consultation as well as the potential loss of employment and tenure for thousands and thousands of university employees. The main point of the article, however, is the view that the government is ill prepared for the new curriculum. DepEd's K to 12 requires a tremendous amount of additional resources. For a government that cannot even provide a decent ten-year basic education program, K to 12 really sounds like a disaster of our own making.

This blog started with First Things First, an article first published in the Philippine Star. In that article, citing the two biggest problems Philippine basic education faces, (1) high dropout rates in primary and secondary schools, and (2) lack of mastery of specific skills and content as reflected in poor performance in standard tests for both Grade IV and Grade VIII (second year high school) students, I wrote :



The above article (and the other articles posted on this blog) has likewise been sharing evidence-based research on education. First Things First also highlights the lack of evidence supporting most of the changes introduced by the new curriculum from DepEd. It is therefore not surprising to see that the New York Times article ends with the following:

Above copied from the New York Times



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