Perhaps a lot of parents have mixed feelings about K-12 like me. Clearly, it is a drastic change from what we are used to growing up. Initially, I know that this effort is coming from a good place but certain unforeseen factors that start to come into play make this move very challenging.
First and foremost is the financial aspect. There are more costs involved when you add two more levels to the equation: tuition, books, school bus, allowance, and other daily expenses that go with that. Then there is the added stress, the idea that we have to hold our breath two more years before our child gets that diploma. During which time, these kids can get into trouble, make an accidental mistake, friction with professor or classmate, peer pressure, bad influence which can hold back that diploma, another two more years of that.
Let’s face it, the real learning happens while on the job. Before that, learning is all theoretical with a risk or tendency to become obsolete with constant changes in technology and the industry. So why torture the students more? Some managers even say “forget what you learned in school . . . this is the real world”.
Let general subjects prevail and the few who wish to further pursue or specialize do so at their own expense. Not all subjects are for everyone. Could it be possible to reform education to better serve the individual student than generalize and make it impossible for most to graduate? But if it is true that the additional two years would qualify the student to be able to join the workforce if need be then I may have a change of heart. I still have to see that happen. Other than that, I feel that overloading students with unnecessary learnings which they won’t apply anyway later on in life is plain impractical and somewhat sadistic. That is my personal point of view.
Below is an overview of what K-12 is all about, explained by YTC. You can simply go with the flow, or you can maximize income opportunity by setting up your own tutorial business with the help of YTC. There will be a seminar on June 20 at Ayala Alabang for those who are interested and live near the area. Details below:
WHEN: June 20, 2015 (Saturday)
TIME: 8:30 am to 11:00 am
VENUE: Barangay Ayala Alabang Social Hall
For more info, you may contact YTC Alabang Branch at +63 (2) 836-3993
The world is undergoing unprecedented changes brought about by rapid advancement in information and communication technologies, trade liberalization, globalization.
– UNESCO, 2010
Change is inevitable and adapting to change is another thing. In its pursuit to improve the Philippine education system, the Department of Education (DepEd) has implemented a major education reform known as the K-12 Curriculum.
The education program includes mandatory preschool education for five-year old children before entering the 6-year elementary school as well as going through additional 2 years in the high school or secondary education. Aside from this new structure, the medium of instruction from kindergarten to Grade 3 will now be mother tongue-based. This means that the K to 12 student will be taught the core learning areas using his first language. The National Achievement Test (popularly known as NAT) will still be administered as an end-of-grade 6 assessment but this time will serve both as an exit examination from elementary and entrance examination for Grade 7. Grade 10 students will also go through an assessment to qualify for senior high school and their chosen track. The end of Grade 12 examination will not only be the end of K to 12 exam but also serve as entrance exam for university.
These significant changes, initially, may be difficult for kids. As parents, there are a number of things to help your child or teen to prepare and embrace this transition. Parents can help their child to mentally organize and emotionally process the child’s feelings such as fear of the unknown. By being a support system to your teens, you could help them cope with “anticipatory change jitters.” Aside from these tips, there are private educational sectors who can also help you and you kids adapt to the new K to 12 curriculum.
“This is not a perfect curriculum. There is much for us to work on. There will be learning curves that we will need to meet and challenges to be resolved. But with everyone’s help, we will be able to roll out the program that we can keep improving over the next couple of years.”
-Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC Deped Secretary
Your Tutorial Center (YTC) is a 3-in-1education center which offers Tutorial, Review and Language programs. YTC primarily provides ACADEMIC TUTORIAL programs from preschool to college all throughout the year.
This summer, YTC will be offering bridging programs focusing on developing and strengthening the coping skills of kindergarten until grade 10 students – in order to smoothly transition from the old to the new curriculum.
Aside from the basic literacy tools of reading, writing and numeracy, tomorrow’s individuals will need knowledge and skills that will equip them to participate productively in their societies.
– ADB 2008
Basic Reading and Math Programs will be offered to Kinder and Grade 1. Aside from Reading and Math, bridging programs for Science and Grammar with Sentence Construction will be offered to students from Grade 4 to Grade 6. For Grades 7 to 10, Basic Algebra, Advanced Algebra, Chemistry and Physics will be available.
YTC is one with the K-12 curriculum to produce Filipino graduates who are holistically-developed with 21st century skills through its program and services geared to prepare kids and teens for higher education, middle-level skills development and entrepreneurship.
Check www.yourtutorialcenter.com or call (02)4108-456 or (0932)8555-982 for more information on Summer K-12 Bridging Programs.
For question and inquiries, please contact Ms. Christine Santos at email@example.com