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ANG ALAMAT NG EDUCATED FILIPINO: KAILANGAN PA BANG I-MEMORIZE YAN? mula sa panulat ni Ompong Dilat, ang tagamulat ng mga alamat

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First, we need to know the focal problem in education: a lot of degree-holders have become unemployed or have been employed in an industry that is not related on their course.

The best thing to solve this is to get to the root and identify the core problem, which I think is the “deprived and ineffective education structure”. With this core problem, we can spot the key factors that could at least help improve the current education system, if not solve.

Delete all Minor Subjects in College

Having too many subjects in a semester will surely affect the performance of a student. There are schools who offer 29 units per semester and I even experienced to take 35 units when I was still in college. Students will surely go crazy finding ways on  how to manage their time while handling these very demanding subjects. And if you are in a school who offers trimestral set-up, that’s about an average of 29 units in three months!

Now, how can we solve this? Simple: make a change. And when I say change, it should be a major change! Take a risk. Without this step, there’s no way we can solve this problem.

By trying to make a solution, we should get to be more on the practical side: “what should be” and “what should be not”.

I suggest that we should delete all minor subjects in college. Through this change, students will have a good pace and will be able to concentrate on their major subjects, which we all know are more important and more relevant to their course, especially in a class that involves technical skills. Students can save and have more time devoted in developing their expertise.

Employers will not ask  who killed Magellan if you are applying for a computer programmer position or ask what is the square root of 2 to an applicant of a hotel position. Don’t worry if you forget the physics formula while assisting the doctor in giving birth to a mother. It makes no sense to study things not related to our respective professions.

Transfer all Necessary Minor Subjects in High school program

When I suggest to erase all the minor subjects, it doesn’t mean that these are not important for me. Of course, minor subjects also have a significance in our lives and careers as they help us to develop our analytical and critical thinking skills aside from giving us useful knowledge, which we can use in the future for certain reasons and situations.

Incorporating college minor subjects to our high school program could be a great idea for a change. Remember, high school students from other countries are already taking up most of our college minor subjects, so why shouldn’t we? Through this, we can compete with their advanced curriculum.

“Teach, Show and Involve” Methodology for Elementary Students

Elementary education is the foundation of the knowledge of each student. Correct. But what about the skills? Aside from teaching our young generation the basics of education, we should also involve them more to different behavioral activities just to unleash their talents and expand their true potentials in a certain area of discipline. I believe all Filipino children have the right to know where they belong.

Take this Quote:

“Teach me and I may know,

Show me and I might learn,

But try to involve me, and I will surely understand”

There’s no doubt that we teach our elementary students the basics of education, but teaching 50 to 65 students in a class doesn’t have any assurance that they will all understand the lesson. Some might know it, but only 25% of the class will understand.

Showing visuals and examples are also good techniques to impart the knowledge to our young children. Showing them how to do a certain thing makes it  easier for children to learn, but let us all remember that not all students are equal. There will still be about 50% of them who may not appreciate and understand the lesson as some children are affected by ADHD.

So what’s the solution? Don’t just teach and show visuals or examples. Try to involve them. Teaching a direct one plus one equals two is okay, showing them how the result became two by having a visual example is a nice idea, but involving them to make their own mathematical problem and ask their classmates to solve it and vice versa could be a great thing. So basic.

It’s not an obligation; it’s just a matter of responsibility that we need to give to each of our young students. Response + Ability = Responsibility. We have to test their “ability” to give a “response” in each kind of situation that we give them. Throught this, they will know the value of learning and as we go along, understanding will follow. It may not be a walk in the park, but with a combination of determination and perseverance, success will not be a long shot. Try to involve me and I will surely understand 100%.

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  • Ompong Dilat
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  • Jill Isabino

    I agree with your first two suggestions. Minor subjects are just ADD-ONs, especially to schools that MEAN BUSINESS. Say, like two years of minor subjects, and two years of major subejcts. That’s really good college education! NOT.

    Plus, it makes college students look dumb and stupid. Although, I think these minor subjects tend to be a requirement in most (all) colleges, because MOST college students do not KNOW their basic english, history, and physics. Or even just english.

    Which leads me to your second suggestion.

    The additional two years in high school is the solution for that. I believe it aims to prepare students to work, if they decide (or cannot afford) to attend college. Plus, if ever the student decides to work abroad, they won’t have a hard time attaining that two year college graduate or vocational course graduate requirement, because they’ve already gone through 12 years of primary, secondary, and pre-tertiary schooling.

    For your third suggestion. Solution for that is to replace OLD teachers, who uses OLD teaching techniques. Unfortunately, for the country’s educational system (and labor system), schools tend to TREASURE and KEEP their old ‘uns. Tenure is the key to forever keeping a position. I do hope DepEd would push to change their system to keeping teachers based on THEIR PERFORMANCE, and not tenure-ship.