A blog that tackles issues on basic education (in the Philippines and the United States) including early childhood education, the teaching profession, math and science education, medium of instruction, poverty, and the role of research and higher education.
Actions Speak Volume
They built on their own eleven schools. Lumads (indigenous peoples in Mindanao) of Talaingod, Davao del Norte have been receiving elementary education since 2007 from schools operated by the Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center (STTICLC), in line with DepEd's National Indigenous Peoples Education Program. With DepEd unable to answer to the needs of the children in these indigenous communities, tribal leaders took the initiative to make education a reality. Sadly, these schools are now at the crosshair of various interests, none of which concerns the future of Lumad children.
One may actually find the statement from DepEd, "were not closed, just not opened", hilarious if only the situation is not serious. Nevertheless, such action speaks volume. When proponents of DepEd's K to 12 speak of an education that puts learners first, when those who promote the new curriculum speak of promises to the youth, it becomes clear that this is all just talk.