K to 12 + MTB-MLE: It’s “Hail Mary Pass” time

A Hail Mary pass or Hail Mary route in American football refers to any very long forward pass made in desperation with only a small chance of success with very little time left in either half, but usually toward the end of a game. It was made famous in describing the game-winning touchdown pass by Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson in a December 28, 1975 NFC Divisonal playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. Afterwards, it was reported that Staubach (a Roman Catholic) said, “I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary.” (Wikipedia)

Prior to the “Hail Mary pass”, the team usually uses a huddle to map out strategy to give any of its qualified receivers as much chance to catch the ball and to thwart the competition from intercepting the ball. The 2012 Training-Workshop on Bridging between Languages in Mother Language-Based Education under the New K-12 Curriculum scheduled for May 14-26, 2012, takes the place of that all-too-important huddle before DepEd Order No. 16, s. 2012 kicks off the implementation of MTB-MLE (per DepEd Order No. 74, w. 2009) in all public schools, specifically in Kindergarten, Grades 1, 2, and 3 as part of the K to 12 Basic Education Program starting June 2012 (SY 2012-2013).

Ideally, we would like to invite and engage the majority of Filipinos to participate in this “huddle” — the 2012 Training Workshop on Bridging of Languages — but we know that is next to impossible. And so we’re doing the next best thing by inviting you as a concerned citizen to leave your opinions/comments/suggestions, etc. at our Facebook page:

2012 Training Workshop on Bridging of Languages


Remember one of the reasons given by the proponents of the K to 12 program was to “decongest” the old four-year high school program? That does not seem likely to happen given the likely addition of some 36 units/time of general education courses (GEC) to the new 6-year junior-senior high school curriculum as explained in Isagani Cruz’s column, entitled “K to 12 and GEC“. This simply shifts GEC which had been offered by higher education institutions (HEIs) as kind of remedial courses for incoming freshmen deemed not prepared to dive right into their “real” college curricula — these general education courses will now be shifted to the high school curriculum — so how’s the decongesting supposed to happen? The 36 units/hours or so that will be added to the high school curriculum realistically would be the equivalent of two years work, and there goes your additional 2 years of high school. Pretty neat but sneaky, but they don’t tell you that…

And that’s just one of the reasons we would like to hear from you. Your participation is critical because you are helping shape the twin implementation of MTB-MLE and the new K to 12 Basic Education Program. Through your voice you will be helping shape a new — and hopefully more progressive — generation of Filipinos who will be running and/or working our farms, our factories, our businesses. In fact, through your participation, you are helping mold a new generation of Filipinos who will be our leaders tomorrow, and still others who will be able to compete fair and square in the global arena.

Now is not a time for you to keep quiet; now is a time for you to be heard. Now is a time for you to get engaged in the public dialog over these all-important issues of K to 12 and MTB-MLE because these same issues will surely come back to affect your own life, your children’s lives, and your children’s children’s lives.

If you choose to do nothing or say nothing regarding K to 12/MTB-MLE — as some would do — then realize that you’re about to relinquish YOUR right to complain about the consequences. We’d rather that YOU SPEAK OUT AND BE COUNTED!

2 thoughts on “K to 12 + MTB-MLE: It’s “Hail Mary Pass” time

  1. Handing over the 2-year GEC to the senior high school means more curricular congestion. What I would like to suggest is that, students entering junior high school will be given a battery of examinations. Those who are academically inclined (with high scores) will enter high schools that train them for academic proficiency, while those who perform in relatively less stellar fashion should be streamed into schools that train them for vocational skills. So, sa high school pa lang tini train na sila. GEC is for those who are going to enter college, but putting it into the entire senior high school curriculum is very impractical — a waste of time, money and effort for those who don’t plan to pursue higher education to become, say engineers, neuro-surgeons, etc . — Propitas M. Lituanas, March 31, 2012

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