“If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies”
The onset of the K to 12 Curriculum for this school year 2012-2013 has certainly rippled the waters of our stagnant pond. People’s speculations on what would be the outcome of the K to 12 flocks to the field of inquiries in schools. Even the teachers themselves are somewhat apprehensive of the implementation of the Grade 1 and Grade 7 of the K to 12 Curriculum. However, our educational leaders are one with the teachers in propagating the good news of the K to 12 Curriculum to the farthest corners of the
Our leaders are also doing their best in order to achieve the desired outcome
of this change. The people behind this big change in the educational curriculum
are optimistic that the Filipinos will support the said program. After all,
according to Charles Darwin, “It is not
the strongest of the species that survive nor the most intelligent, but the
ones most responsive to change.” Philippines
The following scholarly individuals from the Deped Central Office have enlightened my mind on the fuzzy side of the K to 12 Curriculum: Bro. Armin V. Luistro, Dr. Yolanda S. Quijano, Dr. Paraluman Q. Giron and Dr. Marilyn D. Dimaano and Mr. Edison A. Fermin. They have delivered the fresh picks of the K to 12 so that the program will be marketable to the stakeholders. Prior to the viewing of the video clips, Dr. Olga C. Alonsabe discussed about the IPO (Input-Process-Output) model and what it takes to produce the desired graduate, for example, if I want to open a school. Several factors were mentioned such as for the input- the choice of faculty, the facilities, the subjects and the curriculum…for the process- the teaching strategies, the school practices and culture and between process and output, there are still more processes in between in order to produce the desired graduate.
Why do we need to change the Curriculum? We need it most in order to be globally competitive and functionally literate. Such a very idealistic answer but it would not be impossible, I guess so, if Filipinos will embrace the new program of the Deped. When the video clip was played with Bro. Armin V. Luistro on screen, I jot down lines that struck me most. To name a few: …SY 2012-2013, roll out the program for grade 1 and grade 7 curriculum; K to 12 is made by Filipinos for the Filipinos, hope for a sustainable journey, K to 12 is a gift for the 21st century Filipinos and lastly a challenge: “be a part of the undertaking….” These remarkable words moved me. I pondered upon the saying: “If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies…” Yes, it is, butterflies are a sight, they lure our eyes to watch their beauty sway up in the air, they kiss a flower to another flower in order to propagate the splendor. Why can’t we be like the butterflies? So I thought, we have to metamorphose…from Kindergarten to grade1 to grade 12. Sounds good, 12 years of basic education makes every Filipino one with the rest of the world.
Dr. Yolanda S. Quijano talked about K to 12 graduates being equipped with the 21st century skills or the life skills. Further she said that it K to 12 curriculum is outcome-based, filled with child and youth development principles, is learner-centered, geared towards the holistic development of the individuals and is constructivist in nature…very elaborate, isn’t it? But these will really enable the Filipino graduate become a globally competitive individual employable worldwide. Inspiring, soul-stirring, heart-throbbing! How excited I am to witness the graduation of the pioneer K to 12 graduates. That day would be a blockbuster day, I reckon.
“The teacher should be a provocateur” – that’s what I caught when Dr. Paraluman Q. Giron was on the screen. I re-read my notes when I got home. There was a follow up statement…”the teacher must ask thought – provoking questions. There it is! And she also differentiated the 20th century curriculum against the 21st century curriculum. Some of its differences are: 20th- time-based, memorization works and fragmented whilst 21st- outcome-based and interdisciplinary…seems different, right? She further noted: that the k to 12 curriculum is geared towards digital & multi-media literacy and is research-based. There is really no escape for the k to 12 graduates to become globally employable. However, as the video continued to play, Dr. Giron made mention about the striking 5 C’s of a K to 12 Teacher. It stands for Commitment, Competence, Creativity, Compassion and Character. Oh, My! How intelligent of her to hit the innermost chambers of our heart. Yes, being mentors, students are in dire need of teachers with the 5C’s. As far as I have realized, being a teacher is indeed incomparable. CEO’s may have the highest salary grades and the teacher may have the lowest salary compared to other countries but the happiness and fulfillment to have made a difference in one’s life is far beyond compare. “What On Earth Am I Here For? That is the question. And I shyly answered: “To touch other peoples lives…”
The K to 12 Curriculum Model was presented by Dr. Marilyn D. Dimaano. She had a comprehensive discussion on the highlights of the new curriculum and shared her personal feelings about the change that we are all excited commence this coming June opening of classes. Just as ready as we teachers seem to be, the curriculum model is on the go for the grades 1 & 7 entrants. I felt excited too because I have seen the big difference that we will experience regarding the K to 12 program.
An all-embracing discussion about CHANGE was delivered by Mr. Edison A. Fermin. He talked about the Curriculum Change: The Concept of Change, the Typologies of Change, Why Changes Fail and Working Towards Change. He enunciated articulately that everything that he said was well taken. But the most noteworthy is Why Changes Fail – reasons? Plain ignorance, rapidity of change, conformity vs. innovation, traditions of teaching, discontinuity in professional development and lack of forms of support. True enough, and I was struck with discontinuity in professional development. Had I not finished my Masters Degree and if I did pursue my Doctoral degree, I would have contributed to the reasons why changes fail. If I did not pursue my professional studies, I would not be able to meet these people and I wouldn’t have grasped the 5W’s and 1H of the K to 12 program and the advances of the teaching-learning trends, the hottest issues, the trending innovations, and most especially the life-changing experiences that will help build the bright future of my students. I really want to change, because I want to be a Butterfly!