September 11, 2012

K to 12 for a Filipino 12-year-old

Filed under: Uncategorized — by aalanis12345 @ 11:23 pm

Hello again! It’s been so long since I managed to log on to my blog, no thanks to having NO Internet connection for some time and partly because I couldn’t think. I’ve been so busy sorting out my disorganized mental filing cabinets that the thought of blogging never crossed my mind. Anyway:

With the Philippines finally implementing its “K to 12” program, we 12- and 13-year-olds will be placed in the new Grade 7 instead of first year high school. That means, we can no longer expect to be taught all algebra for math and all earth science for science. Instead, (in math) we get a mix of algebra, geometry, statistics, etc. (in science) a mix of chemistry, biology, earth science, and physics. However, we tackle the simpler aspects of those areas before the more difficult ones (the so-called “spiraling” approach). That saves us kids imagining a lot of sleepless nights trying to absorb all those reams of info about all those advanced concepts (and the accompanying eyebags.)

Also, there’ll be 2 more years added to the 10-year basic education curriculum. As a result, we’ll have¬†(correct me if I’m wrong) 6 years of elementary school, 4 years junior high school, and 2 years senior high school. It’s a bit different from the system in many parts of the U.S.: 5 years of elementary school, 3 years middle school, and 4 years high school. But it still adds up to twelve years, so I guess it doesn’t matter much. What is really different is the appearance of our report cards. We’ll be given letter grades, but not the traditional A, B, C, D, and F. No. Rather, we’ll get either A for advanced, P for proficient, AP for approaching proficiency, D for developing, and B for beginner. The parents are gonna be confused, I’m sure!

The teachers say that the new curriculum will hopefully remedy the perennial¬†Philippine problem of low academic achievent. But to the average student, I think they’d care about it that much. What will, in my opinion, is whether they’ll make the honor roll this year, get more baon, or be able to go malling with their friends over the weekend.

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