K+12 Kills the Initiative from Teachers
“Through the years, in the Philippines, we typically bring in a new approach, usually theory-derived and usually from the US. Then we develop materials and, if funding is available, implement on a national scale. Then we train through a cascade, from national to regional to division to district and, lastly, to school levels. By the time we get to the actual implementers, the classroom teachers, there is only a short time left. The new approach and books wipe out the past, but since training gives no time for actual classroom teachers to absorb them, they are not really learned. If and when the K-12 curriculum comes into play, this will be the next UBD killer: Attempt to implement too many initiatives simultaneously.”
|Above copied from Dr.McLaughlin's Class|
Understanding by Design is a framework where teachers think purposefully about curricular planning, without offering a rigid process or prescriptive recipe. When the teachers are in fact at the center of developing a curriculum, there is a greater chance for a change in the curriculum to be successful and effective. This takes obviously more time, but this is what is needed in Philippine basic education. It is the approach that is practiced in successful countries such as Finland and Singapore. DepEd's K+12 can be criticized from so many angles, but similar to medicine, the wrong prescription not only lead to bad effects, but the most damaging result is that it prevents application of the correct therapy. The biggest sin of DepEd's K+12 is killing what Philippine schools really need.