How we search and use facts: Thoughts on education
DepEd's K to 12 was not consultative as it is crystal clear that even up till now, a large number of teachers and administrators were neither informed adequately of the new curriculum nor given the opportunity to participate in its development. All we see in articles or hear from talks are mere "sound bites". Ricardo Nolasco, an associate professor at the Department of Linguistics in UP Diliman, recently wrote:
"After four sessions at Saint Louis University (SLU), it became abundantly obvious to participants that mother tongue-based multilingual education is very different from everything they know. One former SLU professor initially believed that she already understood MLE because she assumed that it simply meant using the first language (or L1) as medium of instruction along with good teaching strategies. Now she realizes L1 literacy (or learning to read and write in your L1) is critical to teaching in her own language, and she isn’t even literate in this." (http://opinion.inquirer.net/28951/mtbmle-far-beyond-the-aquino-administration)
The consultative period coincides with the implementation period, which clearly means that the public really had no say regarding K to 12. If these teachers are not informed, how could these teachers even begin to comment about the new curriculum. DepEd's K to 12 is also not conservative, as it tries to implement so many changes at the same time. And it is true, DepEd's K to 12 is an entity with conviction.... And so am I.