The K-12 basic education curriculum
November 12, 2010 2 Comments
This is a comment I posted on Dean Jorge Bocobo’s blog, Philippine Commentary V3.0 : http://philippinecommentary.blogspot.com/2010/11/on-proposed-k-12-basic-education-system.html
The problem about the present curriculum in squeezing 12 years of basic education into just 10 is that students are overloaded with subjects.
Without even having to go inside a classroom, the ordinary observer can already see this from the oversized bags that students have to lug everyday, filled with books and other learning materials.
As a parent, I have seen that students are overburdened with having to study so many subjects, not to mention projects and extra-curricular activities.
One consequence is that the ordinary school day leaves our kids exhausted, with little time for play and socializing at school. This leads to the exclusion of learning social skills which is an essential part of growing up.
The main objection of parents against the K-12 is more economic than anything else. Parents fear the extra years will result in more expenses to be shouldered. They miss the point about the proposed curriculum leading to improved learning for their children.