The following comment re Pros & Cons in the K+12 Basic Education Debate nails the proper message/argument in the dialog on the subject. I hope cooler, rational heads in position to implement or influence the implementation of the proposed K+12 program take note. — JP
There should be a clear plan on how this will be implemented. The government is keeping the general public in the dark. Is the government willing to listen to us? We need more information to make informed comments.
Careful planning is important.
I am a Registered Mechanical Engineer and I took up Diploma in Teaching(30 units-includes student teaching) and have 21 units in Masters in Education (Math) in UP. I teach math because I feel I can make a big difference.
I have taught 6 years in Public H.S. and one year in College (Engineering School) handling Math Subjects and went back to public school this year . A common perception among teachers is that the government does not know how to prioritize . It seems the government does not have a CLEAR idea on how to solve the education problem.
The problems in our educational system are too numerous to cite here, but the most important thing is to identify the most pressing problems and solve them first.
Our Government has a lot of bright people from the best schools — local and abroad — but we are in the situation we are now due to decades of corruption. English, Math and Sciences are important but Values Education should be emphasized too. I recommend, as a required reading for all teachers, a book entitled “Building Character in Schools”.
I got this from a webpage:
“About 10 years earlier, a Filipino said basically the same thing: “I prefer a government run like hell by Filipinos to a government run like heaven by Americans.” It was a sound bite heard around the world. But what all too few recalled was the essential sentence that came next: “Because, however bad a Filipino government might be, we can always change it.”
The same goes with our educational system.I do hope that whatever the government decides about this K+12 program, it will be implemented with a comprehensive and well prepared plan.