"The Dog Ate My Homework"
"With or without K-to-12, you will have just 50 percent, perhaps, of those who graduate from elementary to proceed [to high school]," Briones said. "DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said that, every year, there are about 1.2 million graduates in elementary, and roughly 50% of them drop out. That is in the record, with or without K to 12."Briones should realize that an additional 400,000 dropouts effectively doubles the drop in enrollment seen over 4 years of high school. Doubling the dropout rate is not insignificant. It is catastrophic.
The teachers’ network Educators Forum for Development (EfD) is therefore asking the government to admit the actual toll of DepEd's K to 12:
|Above copied from the IBON Foundation|
Assessing something always requires honesty. Self-reporting is often a problem as numbers are adjusted to fit what one wants to convey. As a result, we are drawn to conclusions that are not really based on evidence.
In education research, self-reporting is often a problem even without a clear intention of deception. Take, for instance, the case of homework. In higher education, unlike in elementary schools, homework is essential as this provides opportunities for practice. How one measures the benefits of doing homework, however, depends on how accurately the amount of homework is measured. In a recent study to be published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, if one simply relies on what students report as the amount of homework they did, results will make you think that homework in college is a waste of time. On the other hand, if one uses a "smart pen technology", a good correlation between homework and learning outcomes is seen. In fact, the negative relationship between procrastination and achievement is also observed.
Unfortunately, in the case of the Philippines, a "smart pen" might not be enough to squeeze the truth regarding the true state of Philippine basic education. The Philippines' DepEd seems determined only to paint a rosier picture instead of understanding the problems and challenges schools in the Philippines face.