"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

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Saint Jude, Patron Saint of Impossible Causes

"When all else fails, when we are in the most difficult of situations, we turn to Saint Jude, “Helper of the Helpless” and Saint of the Impossible", Novena.com writes about the apostle. With the school year about to end and college admissions already being decided, a ruling by the Supreme Court in the Philippines on DepEd's K to 12 is becoming more and more like an impossible solution to a seemingly hopeless predicament.

Saint Jude Thaddeus
Above copied from Catholic Online

The Supreme Court in the Philippines is the same court that recently banned the field testing of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) eggplant and nullified biosafety guidelines of the Department of Agriculture. For some, the Supreme Court in the Philippines appears to be making a scientific pronouncement that is well above its competence. However, upon closer examination of the decision, the court is in fact stopping the field testing for the sake of transparency. The Supreme Court is upholding a decision made by a lower court years ago. The journal Nature reported on that previous decision in an article published in September 2013:
...In the Philippines the combined campaign of nongovernmental organizations and citizens persuaded the three-judge panel to ban field trials, which were already complete by the time of the ruling, arguing in part that existing biosafety protocols did not include sufficient citizen consultation....
The Supreme Court therefore only has reiterated the need for consultation. 

This case is in so many ways similar to DepEd's K to 12. These cases show up in the highest court for one reason. The legislative branch is simply not doing its job. 

Congressmen in the Philippines are doing something else besides debating what is good for the country and formulating sound policies and programs. Congressmen are busy doling out funds for local projects. Getting and spending pork has become the primary function of the legislature in the country. This practice becomes even more obvious when elections are near. It is therefore no surprise that most national policies and programs have been passed without consultation and a thoughtful deliberation. 

Parents of students and teachers at my alma mater are now pleading before the highest court in the Philippines. Their plea has been captured by all news providers. I guess only time would tell if their prayer is likewise going to be heard this time.

Parents, teachers, students ask SC anew to stop K to 12
Rappler - ‎Feb 15, 2016‎

MANILA, Philippines – Petitioners against the implementation this year of the K to 12 program of the Department of Education (DepEd) went to the Supreme Court (SC) again on Monday, February 15, to ask for a temporary restraining order (TRO)....

WATCH VIDEO : Grade 10 students to suffer
Philippine News - ‎Feb 15, 2016‎

They said their Grade 10 students will suffer grave injustice and irreparable injury of not being admitted to college next school year if the high court will not act on their petition. Aside from their latest motion, the teachers, students and their ...

Petitioners vs K-12 tired of waiting for court to act
Inquirer.net - ‎Feb 15, 2016‎

AFTER failing to get a resolution three times over, the petitioners have decided to give the Supreme Court a deadline. Parents, teachers and students from Manila Science High School Monday told the high court it had “no later than the first week of ...

High tribunal asked to stop K-12
The Standard - ‎Feb 15, 2016‎

A group of parents, teachers and students of Manila Science High School has prodded the Supreme Courtanew to look into the merits of their petition questioning the constitutionality of the K-12 program of the Department of Education. In their fourth ...

Parents, teachers seek TRO vs K to 12 anew
Sun.Star - ‎Feb 15, 2016‎
MANILA Science High School community filed Monday before the Supreme Court (SC) its fourth petition asking to suspend the implementation of the K to 12 basic education program. Manila Science petitioners -- involving parents, teachers and students ...

MaSci parents, teachers, studes to SC: Act on plea vs K-12
Inquirer.net - ‎Feb 15, 2016‎
PARENTS, teachers, and students of the Manila Science High School (MaSci) have asked the Supreme Court anew to stop the implementation of the government's “Kindergarten-to-Grade 12″ program. In its fourth “most urgent” motion which the petitioners ...

Manila Science questions SC on constitutionality of K-12 program
Manila Bulletin - ‎Feb 15, 2016‎

Four months before schools adapt the new education policy, parents, teachers and students of the Manila Science High School called on the Supreme Court (SC) to look into the merits of their petition questioning the constitutionality of the ...

Manila Science faculty, pupils file 'most urgent' plea vs. K-to-12
GMA News - ‎Feb 14, 2016‎
Teachers and students of the Manila Science High School (MSHS) have once again asked theSupreme Court to stop the implementation of the controversial "Kindergarten to Grade 12" or K to 12 program. In their fourth and "most extremely urgent motion" ...

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