DepEd's K to 12 Like Other Systems Requires Feedback
DepEd's new K to 12 curriculum is not bereft of feedback. The following news article alone should be loud and clear:
|Above copied from the Manila Standard|
Moreover, the above petitions are in fact quite serious since these simply demonstrate that some already feel the need to resort to legal means to stop an education reform. Some of these petitions in fact even question the lack of consultation with parents and teachers. In its fourth year of phased implementation, feedback is imperative. Feedback needs to be timely, transparent and tangible.
Fortunately, even with DepEd not asking itself the very important question: "How am I doing?", there is crystal clear yet unsought feedback:
|Above copied from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers|
• There is a shortage of 57,167 teachers (there were 4,019 items unfilled by DepED for 2014).
• 112,942 classrooms are needed, 59,671 budgeted classrooms were not built by DepED in 2014
• 4,281 schools have no water supply and 16,920 water supply projects were not implemented in 2014
• 10,514 schools have no electric service
• At least 23,928,335 textbooks and modules are needed, 12,775,823 of it were supposed to be delivered last school year
• 34,935 complete science and mathematics equipment were not delivered in 2014
• 10,383 ICT packages were not delivered in 2014
• 395 internet connectivity projects were not implemented
Proponents of K to 12 are probably going to be quick to point out that these are shortages and issues tangential to the curriculum. After all, DepEd's K to 12 goal is the following:
The K to 12 Program covers Kindergarten and 12 years of basic education (six years of primary education, four years of Junior High School, and two years of Senior High School [SHS]) to provide sufficient time for mastery of concepts and skills, develop lifelong learners, and prepare graduates for tertiary education, middle-level skills development, employment, and entrepreneurship.Effective feedback should therefore be confined to measures of the above desired outcomes, not shortages. After all, one must simply remain focused on goals. The truth is, feedback is supposed to help us reach such goals. Feedback on shortages on required inputs for education is important. When our eyes are telling our hands that a target is out of reach, it will be really foolish for our hands to even try.