MANILA, Philippines - The Senate has started plenary debate on a bill seeking to increase the number of years in the country’s basic education or the K-to-12 program.
Sen. Edgardo Angara, chairman of the Senate committee on education, arts and culture, sponsored Senate Bill 3286 yesterday, which he said would enhance the curriculum so the Filipino student would be better prepared for higher education.
“They will be prepared for higher education, middle-level skills development, employment and entrepreneurship,” Angara said.
Unfortunately, the likelihood that the discussion in the Senate will be framed within an evidence-based approach is close to nil. Angara already notes that the change in curriculum is not new and that consultations have been made throughout the entire country.
As the Senate debates DepEd's K to 12, I wish senators would first read an article by Professor Paul Thomas of Furman University where he talks about how education reform in the United States has been missing the correct approach to education reform. Thomas' important points are:
- Standards have never worked and never will.
- Student poverty is a very strong factor.
- Teacher quality is not a major factor to student learning, but society's treatment of its teachers is.
DepEd's K to 12 fails to address these important points. Upgrading of teachers' salaries still has not won the attention of the Philippine government. DepEd's K to 12 focuses more on the curriculum and number of years, which are not the important factors in student's learning. DepEd's K to 12 does not address the poverty and hunger faced by millions of Filipino children. And most importantly,
"Public education has failed historically and currently because educators have never run our school system...
...Because "reform" has been a political football; not a process of scholarship, research and implementation by educators."
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