Judging from comments or requests for information/clarification regarding the K to 12 and MTB-MLE programs — which reached a fever pitch the last few weeks as the new school year, 2012-2013, rolled in — there is quite a heap of confusion regarding the implementation of both programs. But rather than curse the darkness, let’s light some candles.
The apparent cause of the confusion among teachers and students alike appears to be that the appropriate info and implementation guidelines on both the K to 12 and MTB-MLE programs have not properly filtered down to those teachers out there in the field on whose shoulders rest the burden of implementing an ocean change in the basic education system.
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).