So much has been told about the Philippine Planning Experiences during the 1st Development Decade in the 3rd World — this is 99.9% sure I SUPPOSE, in almost all of the Graduate Classes for Masters & Doctorate Degrees from which most of the Stakeholders/Public Administrators in our Educational System commenced.
YET, why is it that UNITIL such a time as NOW, DEVELOPMENT is STILL LIMITED?
EDUCATIONAL PLANNING, as generally assumed is preparing the Education System to address what lies ahead — so as to achieve both short-&-long-term goals set by educational planners. The Introduction of Public Administration brought about various opportunities, expansion, mobilization of resources and a lot more attempts for TRANSFORMATION.
In the paper entitled “The Challenges to the Futures of Public Administration Education” presented by Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy, NCPAG, UP Diliman and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UP Open University at the 2012 International Conference on “Public Administration and Governance: Tradition and Transformation” held at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in June 2012, traces of transformation were revisited:
“Public Administration (PA) or the field of study and practice (Waldo 1955) intended to professionalize public practice, address development problems, reform societies, foster democracy and serve public interest and welfare, has undergone a number of transformations, shifts, movements and streams. In terms of sets of convergent concepts and approaches in the teaching, research and practice of Public Administration, which are dominant at particular periods, Carino (2008) mentioned four streams navigated by the discipline. These are: Traditional Public Administration (TPA), Development Administration (DevAd), New Public Administration (New PA), and Public Administration and Governance (PAG).
Brillantes, Jr. and Fernandez (2008) meanwhile divided the phases in the evolution of the field into only two: traditional or classical PA (from 1800s to 1950s) and modern PA (from 1950s to present). The latter includes DevAd, New PA, New Public Management (NPM), Reinventing Government, and PA as Governance.” [http://ncpag.upd.edu.ph/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/The-Challenges-to-the-Futures-of-PA-Education-1-copy.pdf]
Above-mentioned successive shifts in concepts may have been regarded significant for we are currently experiencing “interrelated developments” [Mendoza, 2012] which include:
1) The growth of transnational education (TNE) and the corollary advocacies for cross-border universal education, knowledge co-creation and sharing (e.g., education for all by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO, and open educational resources or OER); and
2) The K-12 and moves toward international standardization.
However, considering for one, the commitment of Education For All [EFA] to dramatically expand educational opportunities for children, youth and adults by 2015 which, according to UNESCO 2013 Education For All Global Monitoring Report [http://www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/efareport/reports/] they will not realise , PLUS the current sudden implementation of the “K-12 Curriculum” which is yet unapproved & suspension of which is being sought by the Senate [http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/07/23/1349322/suspension-k-12-program-sought], Educational System & Administration may really be considered “at high risk” of excessive quantitative reinventions & orientations; over-centralisation of those who are in position within their term of service and to global and international collaborations, weakness in implementation and lack of evaluation aside from the fact that some stakeholders have just “embraced everything” without really looking into more important matters at hand — or if they do, they might at all be too hesitant to breakthrough “some steady walls”.
“Transnational education, open educational resources and K-12 are movements and norms that navigated across the globe and reached national borders. Depending on how we embrace them and value them as good or bad, would dictate the shape, structure and approaches of our ways of life, and in this case, our Public Administration.
— Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UP Open University
True, “It should not always be a shot from the outside!” [Mendoza, 2012]
We may have explored vast opportunities of collaborating with all sorts of transformation in our Educational System where we actually may have experienced different SEASONS of LIFE while along the way we’ve just allowed ourselves to get swayed by all sorts of weather and its various elements, some of which, we may have missed & did not recognise; and some, we’ve even misinterpreted — but HAVE WE REALLY IDENTIFIED OUR SIGNIFICANCE — the part we played?
It all boils down to ONE SIGNIFICANT SECRET!
The Weakness in our Educational System is not really in Implementation per se |pəː ˈseɪ| !
THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS — OUR ANSWER:
how much PLANNING have you done in your life?
Have you really PLANNED ENOUGH for yourSELF?
We could never do enough for others if we cannot even IMPLEMENT “PERSONAL” PLANNING & ADMINISTRATION!
SO, what are the things that you want to: KEEP, DROP & CHANGE [Trongco, 2013] in 2015?
Believe that this time YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!
Be that development that the 3rd World needs to “come up with something out of nothing or whatever is left”!
Trivia: Four Worlds
After World War II the world split into two large geopolitical blocs and spheres of influence with contrary views on government and the politically correct society:
1 – The bloc of democratic-industrial countries within the American influence sphere, the “First World”.
2 – The Eastern bloc of the communist-socialist states, the “Second World”.
3 – The remaining three-quarters of the world’s population, states not aligned with either bloc were regarded as the “Third World.”
4 – The term “Fourth World”, coined in the early 1970s by Shuswap Chief George Manuel, refers to widely unknown nations (cultural entities) of indigenous peoples, “First Nations” living within or across national state boundaries.
Strategic Planning in Education by Dr. Eusebio F. Miclat Jr.
Fundamentals of Management by Stephen P. Robbins et.al
Management in the Philippine Setting by Ernesto A. Franco