Is the K12 program worth the Php150 billion investment?

A compilation of 7 short video clips on The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2011 for the Implementation of the K12 Program and previous researches and articles on school bureaucracy.  The videos were made for the  Public Administration class and not for political purpose.

The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2011 Part 1/7

Task Force for the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2011 Part 2/7

Why is there so much school bureaucracy? Part3/7

Brief History on Public Education in the Philippines Part 4/7

Is Philippine education being governed properly? Part 5/7

Why does Philippine Education Perform Poorly? Part 6/7

Finale & Reflection on the K12 Program Part 7/7

Can the K12 program lead to global competitiveness or will it just add burden to the parents and students?  Is the K12 program worth the P150 billion investment or will it be better to use it to solve the current problems in public schools and feed the people below poverty line?  What’s the use of the highly paid consultants and expensive infrastructure if students are malnourished and stressed due to work?
The problem in the country is poverty, especially in rural and depressed areas, even if the country is newly industrialized as of 2011.   People in poverty would prefer to feed their stomach first than their brain, where schooling is just an option because they have to work at an early age to help the family where they prefer to survive and live before they would get the luxury of going to school, because these people consider education as luxury than a necessity.  Not unless the government will provide trainings to the parents and sponsorship to the children.
I think it would be better to simply retain the same number of years, redesign the curriculum and continuously train the teachers so that all the essential facts would be covered, necessary skills would be developed and healthy environment would be attained.
 

REFERENCES:

  1. “Why is there so much school bureaucracy and what can we do about it?”.  New Talk.   November 2008. 6 March 2012. <http://newtalk.org/2008/11/why-is-there-so-much-school-bu.php>.
  2. Chua, Yvonne T.  “Robbed: An Investigation of Corruption in the Philippine Education.” 1999. 6 March 2012. <http://pcij.org/bookshop/robbed.html>.
  3. Department of Education. (2010, October 5). Discussion Paper on the Enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program. DepEd discussion paper.
  4. Luz, Juan Miguel.  “THE CHALLENGE OF GOVERNANCE IN A LARGE BUREAUCRACY (DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION): Linking governance to performance in an under -performing sector”.  PHDR ISSUE: 2008/2009 NO. 1.
  5. Pressman, J. & Wildavsky, A.  “Implementation: How Great Expectations in Washington are Dashed in Oakland.”  University of California Press. 1984.
  6. Tabora, Fr. Joel S.J.  “Proposed Bill Implementing K+12 as approved by key COCOPEA Committees.”  18 January 2011.  6 March 2012.  <http://taborasj.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/proposed-bill-implementing-k12-as-ap…>.

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The First Grader

The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Director:  Justin Chadwick

Writer:  Ann Peacock

Stars:  Naomie Harris, Sam Feuer and Tony Kgoroge

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Lego Museum

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While searching for pictures, I found out these old pictures which will somehow be helpful for the next field trip, to the Lego Museum.

Last October 2010, out of disappointment for not being allowed to take pictures in the National Museum, me and my sister just walk around and took pictures outside the museum.  What a blessing in disguise when  we found out a hidden Lego Museum just beside the National Museum.  And take note!  It’s for free! And you can take pictures inside.  There’s an area for kids where they can play with Lego blocks and build objects.    Kids will surely enjoy learning there.

It seems that the museum has been supported by  Lego.  I just hope that there will also be Lego Mindstorm exhibit and eventually have a competition which will surely be fascinating not only to kids but to adults as well.   Lego Mindstorm has been used productively in Asia for 7 years.  Isn’t it a good marketing strategy for Lego Mindstorm to sponsor an exhibit in the Lego Museum?  I’ll just keep my fingers crossed.  ;-)

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When Education No Longer Matters

A while ago, I encountered a protest from students who wanted to shorten their class period from 2:00 to 1:00.  Seems these teens have not been recovered from the uprising by exaggerating minor issues just to practice the freedom of speech.

How disappointing to know that after all the natural calamities in Australia, New Zealand and in Japan; as well as the unrest in Arab countries, there are people who could not appreciate the blessings that they have, but instead would complain for staying longer in school.

While the orphans are dreaming of being in school, there are kids protesting for staying longer in school.  While the parents are enduring the pain for working longer hours just to save money to send their kids in school, there are kids who are taking their lessons for granted.  While there are people dying from sickness & disasters, there are kids who think that studying is killing them.  While there are kids collecting trash and suffering from slavery just to survive, there are kids who prefer to be idled than to learn in school.

Since education is intangible, some people can’t appreciate the value of it.  Instead, they prefer having signature clothes, the latest gadgets or anything that is tangible.  That’s why it’s hard to inculcate knowledge to students, especially if tangible materials matter more than anything else.

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Student Council Guidelines

Campaign and election guidelines for student council candidates/nominees.

 

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