Instead of Showing Errors in the English Module, Here Is a Graph that Shows Something Much More Important
Sound bites and logical fallacies may indeed persuade but a picture based on facts can still deliver far more powerful words than a sentence or even a paragraph. This particular one comes from an article by Eric A. Hanushek, Dean T. Jamison, Eliot A. Jamison and Ludger Woessmann published in Education Next:
The first graph shows a correlation between a country's economic growth and the standardized test scores of its pupils. The second graph shows no correlation between a country's economic growth and years of schooling. The authors therefore conclude:
The level of cognitive skills of a nation’s students has a large effect on its subsequent economic growth rate. Increasing the average number of years of schooling attained by the labor force boosts the economy only when increased levels of school attainment also boost cognitive skills. In other words, it is not enough simply to spend more time in school; something has to be learned there.The Philippines is included in the above graph. Where it currently stands in terms of cognitive skills is shown in the following table (also copied from Education Next):
The spiral progression, learning styles, discovery-based instruction, which are major elements of the new curriculum, are not proven by research as effective. In fact, "learning styles" is even a myth. The new curriculum is therefore not expected to improve learning in schools. And neither do two additional years.
Problems in basic education arise mainly from inadequate resources. Those who criticize DepEd's K to 12 are simply asking what is required first to make schooling more effective.
|Above copied from Teacher Solidarity|