Educational Planning in the 21st Century, last blast.

planning, challenge, EDM 505
The Paper Tower Challenge.


2nd Semester 2014-2015
Basic Education in the Philippines has been experiencing REFORMS over some period of time — from “Governance for Development” in 1991  until this very recent “Enhanced Basic Education Act” of 2013.
Having finished a course in Educational Planning & Fiscal Management & utilizing some “significant terms” and concepts learned throughout the Semester,
1.   What can you say about the track of  amendments presented in this source: below as to its:
     1.1  Planning
     1.2  Implementation; and
     1.3  Evaluation?
BEFORE 2012 2012-2013
Trifocalization of Education in the Philippines (by the Education Committee in 1991) Republic Act 10157: Kindergarten Education Act
Republic Act 9155: Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001 (renaming the Department of Education, Culture and Sports as the Department of Education) Executive Order No. 83, s. 2012: Institutionalization of the Philippine Qualifications Framework
Republic Act 10410: Early Years Act (EYA) of 2013
Republic Act 10533: Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013

2. A “21st Century Educator” should ________________ …. [please expound your answer]

Congratulations for “finishing strong”!
“We cannot teach anybody anything … we can only make them think! — then they learn what their heart will never forget!”
I hope I’ve Inspired Influence. — Ma’am Gail 🙂
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42 thoughts on “Educational Planning in the 21st Century, last blast.”

  1. 1 – Its about time that we amend some structures in our educational system vis-a-vis the other ASEAN countries educational frameworks. We have been lagging behind for years and years in education because of neglect due to too much politicking. We use to be second to Japan in terms of economy and the educational landscape, Thailand and other neighboring countries used to send their students to UPLB to learn agriculture scientifically, now they are exporters of food while we, sadly, are the importers of their produce. Talk about irony.

    1-1 – Planning
    It will be more difficult for us because we have 3 agencies manning our educational platform – DepEd, TESDA, CHEd. Those people have differences in opinions, strategies and backgrounds on how things should be done. Yes, it is good that not just one person is trying to find a solution, but the problem is do they have a common goal???…do they share the same principles???…can they put aside their egos and worked towards elevating our educational system???…i just hope they do because if they really are working for the people, then they should put aside their grandstanding antics and buckle down to business and spend our wisely and put into action a great plan to put the Philippines back in the map of education.

    1-2 Implementation
    As Sec Luistro said, we are cramming (again), things that should have been done years ago was put on hold because of politics, there was absolutely no continuity from one secretary to the next, so, how on earth can we implement an honest-to-goodness plan if the “now” secretary of education will just cast aside a plan that was created by a “former” education secretary???…For me, that is were the problem lies, pure and simple continuity. Continuity in agendas, plans, frameworks, executions…etc…If we just work together and just forget about which side do we belong and leave our egos behind the door, then, i think, change, great change will happen.

    1-3 Evaluation
    Again, if we can’t even implement a plan, what is there to evaluate?
    Yes, evaluation is a necessary part of coming up with relevant solutions and for me, should never be taken for granted. We evaluate to know the flaws in the system and correct it immediately. Corrections should never be made to wait. They should be implemented as soon as possible.

    2-A 21st Century Educator should be “flexible and adaptable.”
    My take on this is because we live in a fast changing world where technology today is obsolete in the next few days. Our students have the same information at hand that we have. Our ace is the experience on how to put that information or knowledge to work. That is where we teachers come in.
    To guide them!
    Inspire them!
    Push them!
    They need the wisdom and experience that we have and as an educator, we need to maximize that factor that the student has yet to possess. If we adapt fast to the changes that is constant, we will be able to impart to our students the best way to put to use the knowledge that they acquired.

    We teachers should never stop learning.

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  2. Congratulations everyone for reaching the finish line! Finally, we have all made it! YOU WIN! Now, I will make the FINAL POST. This course has made a big impact on me in terms of PLANNING AND GOAL SETTING. Before I post, I need the first draft then publish. I WILL BE BACK…. Thumbs Up! Thank you Prof. Gail. -Ms. Ana

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  3. 1.1 Planning
    In the planning stage I believe that they take into consideration the educational system of other countries. The government moved to the K to 12 Program to be at par with the world because the Philippines used to be 1 of only 3 countries worldwide left with a 10-year basic education program.
    If the comparison is the number of years spent, many of our students who graduated with the 10 year basic educational program are equally qualified with the graduates from other countries. Remember that our engineers, our nurses, our teachers, our IT graduates are in demand.
    Before they plan or implement a new program or system they should take into consideration the problems that we experienced before. Our number one problem are the classrooms. The government boldly declared that all input shortages will be wiped out before the end of 2013. A 1:1 ratio for student-to-textbook and student-to-seat will be achieved within SY 2012-2013. Shortages in classrooms, teachers, and toilets will be fully addressed. SY 2014-215 is about to end, as I observed we have not achieved it.
    1.2 Implementation
    If there is a problem in the planning stage, it follows that there will be a problem in its implementation. As what Sec. Luistro said we are cramming just to be at par with the educational system of the world. One of the problems encountered during the implementation of this program is the lack of trainings and seminars to the teachers.
    1.3 Evaluation
    Evaluation helps us to examine a program, its weaknesses and strength. Evaluation should be objective and fair. The educational program should be evaluated first before it is implemented in the entire country. We should have started with pilot schools and analyze its effectiveness.
    2. 21st Century Teacher
    The 21st Century teacher is an adaptor. Educator must be able to adapt the curriculum and the requirements to teach to the curriculum in imaginative ways. As an educator, we must understand and apply different learning styles. We must be able to adapt our teaching style to be inclusive of different modes of learning.
    We must also learn how to use the available technologies in teaching. Students find it more enjoyable if they are exposed to new mode of teaching.


    1. If there is a problem in the planning stage, it follows that there will be a problem in its implementation…very true sir Jacob! may you continue with those “imaginative ways” in your teaching 🙂 Congratulations for completing this exam Sir!


  4. A Glimpse at Educational Planning in the 21st Century
    (A Short Commentary)
    By Ana V. Igloria

    “Preparation is necessary edge to succeed in any field.”- Shiv Khera

    “Everyone has a will to win but very few have the will to prepare to win.” – Vince Lombardi

    It is high time to make a change. The issue on the highlight is the reform in the Basic Education in the Philippines. An article written by Jee Y Geronimo, published on December 3, 2013 by http// mentions the statement of Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro. It says, ” The Philippines is having a bit of difficulty because there are things that we really are rushing and cramming about which we should have done earlier…”. This line alarms me as an educator who anticipate for blasts of change in the Philippine educational system.

    After a while, series of questions rushed into my head. Why are we facing difficulty and why are we cramming? Have we not planned ahead? Have we not pictured out the worst case scenarios before launching the reforms? Secretary Luistro just reveals the truth. Brutal it may sound but it is something that we should give our attention to.

    We cram and we face difficulty. That is the reality. As we face educational reforms, the Philippines experiences various conflicts that may affect our efforts. Admittedly, the government has to exert gargantuan effort before Philippines fully attain its title as country that caters 21st century education from Appari to Jolo.
    Let us take a glimpse at the planning itself. A question that pricks my mind is this: Have we not planned so perfectly well that lead us to cram? Yes, the Philippines indeed find difficulty in coping with the demands in educational reforms. The target of educational reforms is to achieve the standards of becoming an active member of ASEAN community. This thrust is a very proactive endeavor to level up the country’s economic progress.
    However, as there are advantages of educational reforms, there are also issues that need to be resolved and addressed. We cannot deny the fact, that there are schools in far flunk areas beyond the reach of technology, How then can we call ourselves 21st century ready if not all Filipinos have the access to technology? Are all teachers technologically adept to be called 21st century teachers? What can I say is that there should have been a good strategic planning and fair environmental scanning to smoothly launch educational reforms.
    In my own perspective, not to sound cynical but to give constructive points to consider, the foundation of educational reform in the Philippine Basic Education needs strength in three areas namely: Planning, Implementation and Evaluation. Cramming and difficulty occurs may be because of the laxity in strategic framework and strategic planning before reformation was set forth. Reah and Kerszner (197) puts emphasis in identifying strategic issues examining the strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis. Good SWOT analysis eliminates difficulty and cramming and it makes all efforts cost-effective.

    The aim of trifocalization (or trifocalisation) of education is a good advantage in educational reforms. In my own opinion, it will provide various opportunities in enhancing the skills of both students and teachers to pave their way towards the 21st century educational system. What is needed here is focus and consistency of implementation

    The strength in 21st century educational reforms with its firm implementation would lead the country towards producing graduates as competitive as graduates of Singapore, Thailand and graduates of other ASEAN countries. The quality of education in the Philippines therefore will become an edge to the nation’s fast economic growth that would provide greater and wider opportunities for all Filipinos.

    The first step to progress of educational reforms is to take a look at the root cause of problems that falter and hamper the country from achieving a successful 21st century education. Another question that pricks my mind is this: How can a country’s educational reforms be smoothly and fully attained if its citizens continue to divide? For instance, the continuous fighting in MIndanao displaces a number of school children and destroys school buildings. All unsettled issues in the region will serve as a nightmare which will always block in making of a peaceful and progressive nation. Resolutions to local issues and conflicts must be addressed first for all Filipino school children to get an access to 21st century education.
    Evaluating the educational reform as to its strength and weaknesses can give a good feedback which create a venue to Keep the benefits, the good steps and implementation. Drop what contributes to cramming and difficulty and Change the impression that Philippines will always find difficulty in becoming a FULL BLAST 21st century nation. Let it be the impression that all Filipinos from Luzon to Mindanao can unite and that there will be no more local conflicts and differences in all countrysides.

    We may have crammed and have found difficulty but solutions to these problems will always be possible. The progress in Philippine educational reforms in the 21st century lies in the hand of every “Juan”.

    If all Filipinos plan together, support each other, set aside selfish motives and ambitions, respect individual differences, then we all make a smooth ride in achieving the 21st century education towards becoming a fully geared and sharp-edged ASEAN nation.

    By Reah and Kerzner. Stategic Planning, 1997.

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  5. Are You A 21st Century Educator?
    By Ana V. Igloria

    Check this out.

    Chalkboards, desks, manila papers, pictures on the wall, cobweb-filled ceilings, century-old books, blank walls, papers, pens, teacher standing at the center, students sitting in rows, teacher lecturing and talking, children yawning and a large stick hitting the board. This was the classroom set up before. But in today’s classroom, think of Ipads, laptops, cellular phones, students with earphone plugged on both ears, sitting in a corner, moving to the beat or humming to the sound. Some touch screens of that small square or rectangular-shaped addictive object while others get busy manipulating them. They hate sitting in a row and get bored listening to teachers’ lengthy sermons. They are the ones who can sing to their lungs out when they hear rock music or any song the top list.They are called the 21st century learners, labeled as Digital Natives whose imaginations crisscross above the galaxies and whose eyes are glued on computer screens as they take adventure on their fixed seats. In one sitting, they have reached the farthest ends of the world.

    Technology in the 21st century has invaded the private world of school children though has taken the greatest leap in education. We now belong to a generation of fast change and instant gratification. At one press of the button, these Digital Natives get what they want to satisfy their cravings. So in education. At one press of a keypad or at the touch of a screen, a child knows the answer to his questions and get the information he needs forgetting the presence of a teacher. Everything is just before their curious eyes and restless hands. They are the 21st century learners cultivated with modern gadgets and watered with latest technological trends and sophistication so those who are experts and masters of this addictive thing are called “Techies”.

    “Techies” in a Filipino classroom set up are adventurous. They neither climb trees nor play hide and seek. They don’t go everywhere but can connect anywhere to anyone and anything. Techies in the classroom are neither interested with teachers’ long discussions nor attracted to rubbing two stones to make a fire. That’s who they are. They love holding netbooks or Ipads the whole day long even without minding their meals. Now the challenge comes in:

    How can a 21st century educator meet the needs of the 21st century learners?. Are you a 21st century educator?

    The 21st century educator should first and foremost be equipped both in mind and emotion. First he/she should be more knowledgeable enough with the ins and outs of the latest technology though he/she is a Digital Immigrant. He should take the initiative to become expert in how to apply technology in teaching so that he/she can fit in with the interest of the 21st century learner.

    Now, let us put emphasis on emotion. The 21st century educators should be emotionally stable. She/he should be a person with deep-seated core values so he/she can guide well these Digital Natives. Technology may have invaded their attention but it cannot take place the care and concern of a teacher. Nothing can replace a teacher’s presence if he/she will continuously let these Digital learners realize the importance of making connections to humans not to lifeless machines.

    The 21st century educators should learn how to connect to his students that amidst the technological invasions, students should realize that God created humans not robots and only humans have the heart to understand and love each other. Only humans can communicate with full compassion not the Ipads. Only humans can feel and empathize not computers.

    It is the role of the 21st century educators to make their students fully human and fully alive.

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    1. “It is the role of the 21st century educators to make their students fully human and fully alive.” Congratulations for completing the exam Ma’am Ana! I love it– that you really did come up with your own article just by answering the Exam! Kudos! — just the way i hoped everyone would also do up next ! 🙂


  6. 1.1 Planning

    There seems to be no strategic plan made to mitigate our worries and to address our concerns, the Philippines is cramming things, it should have done a decade ago but because bureaucracy got in the way in our education everything might suffer a lot. The people behind this reform might forget many things needed to be settled. It should not be in a rush or in a hurry, it should be plan properly and carefully. Now that the real time came many Filipinos specially our learners may suffer but should take it on a risk.
    1.2 Implementation
    Having a problem in Planning, of course problem in Implementation follows. The Philippines is having a bit of difficulty because there are things that we really are rushing and cramming about which we should have done earlier according to Secretary of Education Armin Luistro. But the political landscape at that time was not ready, so those things did not push through. There is no unity in our education system there having three separate agencies manning our education. Their differences when not settled I think there will be no strategic plan that will push through.
    1.3 Evaluation
    The problem is that no credible studies have been made to identify the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ come 2015 and no social safety nets are in place to help the ‘losers’ recover and become competitive. Urgent evaluation should take place. How can we implement such planning if we will not evaluate the plan that we have done. Everything must be studied and properly implemented.

    2. A “21st Century Educator” should have the knowledge and skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and technology literacy. Let us not forget that A “21st Century Educator” should have the ‘Big Heart in everything that should be done. Also they should be ready to adapt any changes

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    1. Very good observation ma’am: “There seems to be no strategic plan made to mitigate our worries and to address our concerns, the Philippines is cramming things, … it should have done a decade ago but because bureaucracy got in the way in our education everything might suffer a lot.” I know you are one of those with “big heart” in the 21st century — may you influence those students before you 🙂 Congratulations for completing this exam Ma’am Imee!


  7. Final Exam. EDM 505 ( Dona S. Ballesteros )

    1.1 Planning
    Planning is the function of management that involves setting objectives and determining a course of action for achieving those objectives. Our educational system is lack of planning. They implement such program without planning it well. Like the K-12, they implemented at once without really planned and studied the output of this program.
    As Bro. Armin Luistro said that there are things we really rushing and cramming about in our educational system. He admitted that the political landscape was not ready.
    Therefore, our educational system was not well-planned. They didn’t take into consideration the environmental conditions we face and forecast future conditions.

    1.2 Implementation

    “Failing to plan is planning to failed” as what Ma’am Gail said. Its really true that without planning it well, we are planning to failed. This is what our educational system experiencing. The Philippine government implemented such program without giving it first trainings, seminars to the teachers. That is why teachers are cramming to cope up the K-12 program and yet the government is asking us to be competitive.
    Implementation is carrying out the plan, and how can we implement it, if from the very start, we failed to planned it well?

    1.3 Evaluation

    Evaluating the educational reforms as to its strength and weaknesses. We need to determine the quality of the program by formulating judgement. When evaluation findings are challenged or utilization has failed, it was because stakeholders found inferences weak or the warrants unconvincing.

    2. 21st Century Teachers

    The 21st century educators are innovative and adaptor. They should be imperative to adapt their teaching practices to the developing learning needs of their students if ever this teaching to be effective. Our students are digital natives and live a digitally focused world and they need to see part of their life inside the classroom. Therefore, whatever we want to call ourselves 21st century educators or not, we are definitely not the same teachers at last century and if we think we still not change, no innovation, can’t adapt, then its time to CHANGE.

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  8. Final Exam. EDM 505
    1.1 Planning
    Based on the amendments presented, I have noticed that our educational system has remained untouched for such a long period of time. Curriculum planning is the process of preparing for the duties of teaching, deciding upon goals and emphases, determining curriculum content, selecting learning resources and classroom procedures, evaluating progress, and looking toward next steps. The readiness of the school environment and the people are to be considered. It is very obvious that proper planning for the k-12 system was not done properly, it was an abrupt decision, not considering so many factors, just to get in with the trend with the other ASEAN countries.
    Planning is the very first stage of any decision. And it takes a lot of time to research and prepare for it.

    1.2 Implementation
    As Sec. Armin Luistro, himself said,”The Philippines is having a bit of a difficulty because there are things that we really are rushing and cramming about which we should have done earlier.” The fact is, it is not just a bit of difficulty, but sadly, it is a big difficulty for everybody, most especially for the teachers. Implementation is the process of carrying out, execution, or practice of a plan, a method, or any design for doing something. Implementation is the action that must follow any preliminary thinking in order for something to actually happen.The k-12 system has been implemented, after a quick introduction, without letting people truly absorb it first. At the moment, teachers are doing “search it yourself” strategy to be able to teach in-line with the current system. This is the effect of its abrupt implementation without further study during the planning stage.

    1.3 Evaluation
    Curriculum evaluation is a systematic process of determining whether the curriculum as designed and implemented has produced or is producing the intended and desired results. It is the means of determining whether the program is meeting its goals, that is whether the measures/outcomes for a given instructional inputs match the intended or pre-specified outcomes.
    The k-12 curriculum cannot be truly evaluated, until there are already graduates or products of the new system. But based on the issues being faced by the new applied curriculum, it is not as effective as it was described during its first introduction to the people. Aside from the above mentioned issues, there are also problems such as high dropout rates, high number of repeaters, which are always blamed as teacher-factors, cannot be solved by the Dep.Ed’s motto, “No Students Left Behind” of passing all students enrolled. Students excuse themselves from school for so many reasons, such as being sickly, and to most number, due to environmental effect and family problems.
    Aside from this, there are also incomplete Teaching Guides issued to each teacher, so teachers are forced to search and create groups to help one another and make the burden of work a little lighter than it should be.
    These are just some of the many problems encountered by the grade three teachers, just like me, who are new to the k-12 curriculum.
    Although I have learned that as a teacher, I should not complain about the situation I am into, but rather do something about it to move on and prosper.

    2. A “21st Century Educator” should be lifelong learners … and should be willing to learn not only from their peers, but from their students as well.
    A good 21st-century educator should anticipate the future. He/She is one cognizant of the rapidly changing technology trends; one in tune with the direction of the economy, and future projected needs for business and industry; one aware of the career opportunities for children in the coming years, and all of the requisite educational skills and talents necessary to allow kids to position themselves to compete.
    A 21st-century educator should foster peer relationship with the students. We must model and demand courtesy, we must model and demand communication, and we must model and demand respect and cooperation—our students need us to show them how to treat each other.
    The effective 21st-century teacher will need to be adept in judging the educative and non-educative use of technologies made available to them and to their students at school and at home. The potential downside of technologies is their potential for non-productive use—wasting time and resources. The upside though, is significant if used properly.

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    1. “Although I have learned that as a teacher, I should not complain about the situation I am into, but rather do something about it to move on and prosper.” — YES! one way to CONVINCE YOURSELF to BE INNOVATIVE for your students ma’am — that should be the spirit! Congratulations for completing this exam Ma’am Agnes!


  9. Anna Marie P. Cabansag


    1.1 Planning: For the past 20 years, the Philippine Government is still in search for the best curriculum to use for the Philippine Education System. Many planners from the different sectors have been tapped to help come up with the best curriculum but one very important thing is missing and is to include the most influential person in the classroom, the teachers. In planning the best curriculum, the teachers must be there to voice out the needs of our clients. The teachers are the one who see everything and feel what the students really need. The curriculum is not flexible, it changes depending on the needs of its clients, the students. One curriculum is not good for the whole country therefore each region and each division should sit and brainstorm. That is where strategic planning must be done.

    1.2 Implementation: “You can not share what you do not have.” The implementation is done after 2-3 months of training the teachers. Do you think that is enough for the teachers to learn the new concepts and new curriculum? Definitely NOT. The Department of Education missed the fact that this kind of new curriculum should have been presented to the implementers at least 1 year before it was implemented to the students. Time frame of every endeavour should be properly laid out. Not all schools and not all teachers in the academe are really with these changes. specially those who are in the far flung areas of the country. No trainings were given to the teachers moreover no support from their division level. Its like they were left in the open sea without any life support.

    1.3 Evaluation: According to Dr. Trongco, evaluation is the heart of planning. All endeavours are futile if no evaluation is done. The saddest part in the Philippine Education System is that so many plans and so many endeavours have been made but when it comes to evaluating these endeavours, the Government did not give much attention to this. It all boils down to the teachers on the ground to evaluate the new endeavours but these things no longer reach the people who made these changes. How on earth they will know if the changes were good or bad if they will not see for themselves.Evaluation should be made after each endeavour. Who should do it? Everybody who is a part of the endeavour.

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  10. A 21st century educator should NEVER STOP LEARNING. a college degree should not suffice a 21st century educator. learning is a continuous and a life long process. it does not stop when a person finished tertiary level moreover with the teachers in the classroom. she should never stop or be contented with her college diploma because
    we do have 21st century students therefore educators should also be 21st century knowledgeable. each day a teacher learns something new not just from the books of course but with the people around her and from the things that she experiences. a 21st century educator should also be ready to accept changes that may come her way of teaching. these changes are unavoidable and should be taken positively by the teacher. negativity will put a teacher down. she should also be lively despite of the many challenges because students admire teachers who look at life in a positive way.

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    1. “Negativity will put a teacher down. she should also be lively despite of the many challenges because students admire teachers who look at life in a positive way!” — very well said Ma’am Ana! Lucky for your students with all the positivity that you have! Congratulations for completing this exam!


    I think we need to ask ourselves to whom do we plan? We plan for our children, for our students, for our teachers for the society and most importantly for our future. This is a battle in shaping our childrens tomorrow for a brighter hope. Synchronization of plan, view, mission, vision and objective to our 3 major heads governing our educational system. The question now if the goals of CHED, DEPED and TESDA are well communicated? I would agree that there would be only one head that will lead our educational system. This head then could provide synergy and make a curriculum well planned from kinder to college. Part of the planning is listening, listen to what is needed to have a highly competent and competitive individuals. Plan for a good instructional materials to relay efficiently the learning to the students and uniformed structure to global needs.
    We are cramming, yes we are and we need action to solve the issues. Who implements learning that are close to the students interaction, our teachers. Kindly check this link (our teachers! Do you think that salary grade increase of the teachers should be part of the implementation? Cooperation to our plea is necessary we teachers listen to their instructions since we don’t have a choice and we value the profession that we have and I think its time for them to listen to our side. Implement with a heart because the K-12 curriculum tends to be drastic and affects many teachers regarding teaching methodologies because time is not enough for all the training’s and seminars to abide the request of our heads.

    Consolidate all the major problems in education per region and provide immediate action to the common problems that needs to be address. This evaluation will help us what areas needs to be focus on and what should we sustain or much better to improve. The education has the highest budget of all the departments. Let the school feel it both in urban and rural areas . Think of what we can give to have a high quality education.

    As a 21st century teacher this is now a great challenge for us to be an inspiration to our students to still value the treasure that they can learn at school. We are task to educate what is right for them and their right to be educate. We must enlighten them about the bad influence trends has no good for them but instead focus on what they want to become and work for it. It is perfectly hard to blend the Planning, Implementation and Evaluation once you don’t start with a good plan aiming for a good outcome plus a open door communication to all personnel in all levels of education who cares for the welfare of our students.

    Kenneth N. Demafelis

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  12. Education is a basic human right, it is considered one of the fundamental guarantees that enable an individual to live his full potential as a human being and we can also consider as a stepping stone out of poverty. More importantly, is of great importance for nation-building because it can mold the consciousness of the youth and the people and direct them towards a particular purpose.

    The history of Philippine education is characterized with various foreign influences resulting from foreign domination. Each period in the country’s educational history, is characterized with reforms intended to improve the quality and relevance of education in the country.

    K to 12 program is the latest effort of the government to elevate the educational system to the global 12-year standard. What is clear is that lengthening the basic education cycle alone could be useless on its own without corresponding improvements on other educational inputs. Teachers who are considered to be the most important enabling inputs need to have better pre-service and regular in-service training for teachers. This can also mean increasing the qualifications for teachers and instituting a merit-based system along with increasing salaries to attract the best and the brightest. Likewise, other inputs like classrooms, textbooks, libraries and other school infrastructure need to be sufficiently provided. The need for a well- planned curriculum to develop students who are globally competitive is another factor to be considered.
    According to the Department of Education (DepEd), the congested curriculum is partly to blame for this bleak situation. The DepEd claimed that forcing in 10 years a curriculum that is learned by the rest of the world in 12 years has been quite a challenge for both Filipino teachers and students. The Philippines is now the only country in Asia that has a 10-year basic education cycle and one of the three remaining countries in the world. Despite efforts by the government to make basic education accessible to all, lack of access to quality education remains a major policy concern. These problems are all due to lack of budget and proper planning.

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  13. A 21st century educator should be as Tech- savvy as the students. With strategic use of 21st century learning tools, educational institutions can provide the supportive productive environment educators need to reach, teach, and support each student’s learning needs and potential. It also allow teachers to communicate effectively with parents and provide teachers with the ability to give students immediate feedback about how they’re performing.
    Some teacher born ahead that are highly qualified but still not very effective, they are not interested in the digital world. As 21st century educator, whether young or old, we should consider how we are going to step on the digital learning environment to strengthen our professional development and support. We should remember that high quality teachers are the most important factor in the students’ achievement.
    So, I recommend for a continuous professional development, so that teachers will become as effective as possible. With effective learning management platforms, all teachers have the opportunity to expand access to professional development. There is a need for more training and support than we receive today, including specific lesson plans that deal with the high cognitive demands and potential classroom management problems of using student-centered methods.

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  14. Planning- when it comes to planning they fail to acknowledge the voices of the teachers! they just planned everything and implement the k12 right away! without analyzing the consequences of their actions,, the taechers, the parents and the students suffered because of this!

    Implementation- its terrible!! beacause we are not ready for the implentation of k12..even the teachers, we have to study again the module because its diffrent from BEC before. instead of mastering the subjects we have to learn another way how to teach our subjects because of the changes!

    Evaluation- this is the most important part, but because we fail to plan, and we implement it even if we are not ready it appears in the evaluation that the k-12 program is a failed project! everybody is complaining.. we have to evaluate all the problems and try to adress it as soon as possible!

    A 21st century educator should– be flexible in every changes that the education will bring,,the government is not perfect but us teacher should be positive that we can still teach our students with high quality education..

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    1. I admire your very candid concepts on this Ms. Joana! True, “us teacher should be positive that we can still teach our students with high quality education” — continue being one. Congratulations for completing this exam Ma’am!


  15. 1. Since we are aiming for the quality education, different changes implemented. The process of intelligently trying to organize education to respond to the needs of the society is called educational planning. But the question is – how intelligenlty curriculum reforms planned and organized? Why attaining educational goal is still at far?
    Reforms should relevant and responsive to fast changing world. But revision always entails money, facilities, materials and others.
    Trifocalization in 1991 made the the agencies, the DepEd, CHED and TESDA be focused on their own level. Division of labor is evident, overlapping of the objectives avoided and failure of one sector does not cause others to fail. But this is not what is happening now, problems of one sector creates another problen in other agencies.
    Republic Act 10157 known as An Act Institutionalizing the Kinder education gives equal opportunities for children to avail mandatory and cumpolsary kindergarten education which promotes physical, social, intellectual, emotional and skills simulation as well as value formation to prepare the young ones for elementary schooling. This act erased the scenario that only those who have money can send kids to kindergarten class.
    Such a good reform if we will look at it but still government failed in terms of how to implement this due to lack of teachers who will handle kindergarten class. At the moment, still many teachers are just volunteered teachers who take over to classes and the worst scenario of this is the late salary for them. Teachers need to wait how many months just to hand their salary.
    PQF seeks to aligns country with international qualification framework to make workers easily move and be absorbed to the other ASEAN countries. This may lessen the underemployment but still were at risk since educational background speaks in gobalization.
    Brilliant mind, great ideas result to different educational reforms but attaining quality education is still at far. The latest curriculum change, the K to 12 is trying to elevate the educational system towards globalization. But we are cramming, were having difficulty in terms of implementation. Seems the country is not yet prepared for the big change. Abrupt implementation of this curriculum change may lead to failure because too many factors are not taken into consideration. Old problems in classroom setting were not yet resolve but still heres the new one.
    As I evaluate the educational reforms I can say that politics really the reason why we failed and so goals are not achieved. Lack of continuity of the curriculum or programs is the big reason why were not attaining the quality education. We don’t have the focus on the curriculum change. When DepEd secretary changed all the programs change also. Flaws are here and there but government officials remain blind to see it. The ordinary citizens are the one who suffers. Teachers who feel the bad effects of abrupt implementation of the K to 12 curriculum must be heard and so corrections and necessary alteration should be done as soon as possible.

    2. A 21st century educator should be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to adopt to the fast changing world. He should be flexible and so be ready to face challenges that may encounter along the way as an educator. Be knowledgeable in terms of technology to move easily towards globalization. And must carry the good heart to render services to others, love work and be an effective mentor to the lifelong learners.

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    1. “Lack of continuity of the curriculum or programs is the big reason why were not attaining the quality education” — true to reality ma’am Cez! I love this too: “must carry the good heart to render services to others, love work and be an effective mentor to the lifelong learners.” Congratulations for completing this exam ma’am!


    (A Review on PH basic education: ‘Cramming’ toward ASEAN 2015)
    By: Ritchel C. Villanueva

    1. The Department of Education’s nationwide shift of its educational structure is a major leap our government took which may better or even worsen our current state. I, for one, am not against change. In fact, I am a proponent for change – positive change – because I believe that learning is a lifelong process. We should keep ourselves abreast of the current trends in the educational realm. We must also be receptive to developments. However, in the same manner, we ought to be keen to sift those ideas we get from outside before we totally embrace them.

    1.1 Planning
    I agree with the idea of the article describing the government’s move as “cramming toward ASEAN 2015”. Undeniably, the reasons underlying the implementation of this new curriculum are very positive for these aim at fostering partnership with other countries not only in terms of educational services but also economy-wise. Through this, we are hoping to create decent work, enlarge our networks and address financial issues. Those are very ideal, but we should do a reality check. Were we really prepared when we took off?

    Restructuring an entire curriculum requires a lot of time and thinking. This can’t be haphazardly. It should have undergone a more careful analysis of the previous curriculum and gotten feedback not only from the higher ups but also from the educators/teachers who experienced it firsthand. Proper collection of data and consultation of key persons involved should have been sought and pending problems on learning materials, classrooms and the like should have been resolved first because they have long been on the list. Lastly, before its implementation, they should have had a clear blueprint on how these things are going to be carried out. Sadly, I’ve heard from those who have been using the new curriculum that trainings and materials were very insufficient and after few inputs they are left to themselves. Hence, changes that are supposed to better learning create confusion even among teachers who are labeled experts in their field.

    1.2 Implementation
    Keeping in mind the chaotic take off, we can pretty much connect the dots. This reminds me of the saying, “if you plan to fail, you plan to fail”. I am not at liberty to describe the scenario of our basic education exactly this way, but in like manner, if we implement a half-baked curriculum, we are increasing the chances of getting half-baked results due to inadequate schemes implemented. I am keeping my fingers crossed that each teacher would be responsible to enrich themselves and relay these changes in wonderful, smart and simple ways despite insufficient preparations.

    1.3 Evaluation
    Equally-important with planning and implementation is the evaluation of the entire process. This is the system’s way of finding out what worked, what didn’t, and how to make necessary improvements. I just feel that our educational system lacks proper evaluation and revision since similar problems have been emerging year after year. This only shows that root problems have not been eradicated and that there should be a better way of targeting these needs. Another thought that came to my mind while reading the article is complacency and impulsiveness – complacent because for a long time we had been comfortable with the old ways and impulsive because we jump in to a new system unequipped.

    As an educators and future educational managers, I do believe each of us has to give an honest evaluation of ourselves and the system as a whole to be able to address recurring issues in education.

    2. A “21st Century Educator” should be informed of the ins and outs of the teaching profession. He/She should also be able to maximize learning by presenting timely and appropriate facts and experiences to make learning fun and meaningful. He/She doesn’t see technology as a competitor (because it is impossible to stop its rapid developments) but makes technology a weapon for learning. Another very crucial role of a 21st century educator is to train his/her learners to be critical thinkers capable of sifting information available everywhere. And most importantly, he/she should have a big heart to embrace the differences each learner carries with him/her in the educative process.

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    1. 1. It shows in the table that the education sector has varied reforms amended in the year 2012 – 2013. The amendments are interrelated to the ASEAN VISION 2020 which aligned in their mission of ASEAN Political Security Community (Build a peaceful, democratic and harmonious ASEAN community), ASEAN Economic Community (Free movements of goods, services, investment, skilled-labor and freer flow of capital), and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (Create a people oriented and socially responsible ASEAN). All ASEAN countries are aiming for successful economy with stability and progressiveness.

      There are many questions that keep in mind to our government leaders. Did the planners forecast the resource availability such as the manpower, money, methods, materials and machinery or the 5M’s? How ready the government sector to shoulder additional school facilities, teaching materials and learning materials in all levels of the entire regions? How many percent assurance of power supply they can provide for all provinces? How accessible transportation, roads and bridges considering traffic disruption for smooth flow of the operations? What guarantee to private schools can provide for adequacy of budget to sustain their operations too? Are there industries can provide a ready employment for the senior high graduates? These questions should address ahead in considering the education reforms.

      Almost three years now, still the education sector is obviously under the cramming stage. It is being implemented for few universities but no one from us knew where us to go? Are we not wasting time and money with the new Basic Education Reforms? Are we really producing qualified learners based on the International Qualifications Framework or only to survive the education system to avoid education gap? How many percentage implementations at this moment? How many years need to wait for full implementation both private and public schools?

      My students are almost done in the Grade 9 level for this school year. They are the 1st Batch of the K-12 Program in our school with more or less 1,250 students. I am thinking right now, where they going to take their senior high? Is UMAK ready to handle senior students comes from Makati Public and Private Schools including schools from other city? Is BNAHS, my school can manage the two remaining years for the 1st Batch of the K-12 Program? How about 2nd Batch and other next batch?
      One year from now, the reality of the K-12 Program has come. It is like in a saying “Pumulot ka ng Bato, Naipupokpok mo sa sarili mong Ulo”. BEFORE: Complaints are inadequate or lack. TODAY: Complains will be literally NONE….EDUCATION SECTOR HAS NOTHING TO GIVE.

      My blame is not directly the Philippine Government, but people leads or run the government. It was year 1997 when ASEAN Organization started the ASEAN VISION 2020. And now is 2015, it is more than a decade ago to get prepare into this plan. What did they have done? Left and right corruptions (plundering), unending constitutional change, extravagant elections campaign, high bids government projects, luxurious cars, high-end lifestyle, hidden wealth and etc., poor Filipinos “Sa Kangkungan ang Bagsak”.

      We need a leader with the heart to run our country. The ASEAN VISION 2020 will come true.

      2. A 21st Century Educator absolutely knows the role in this plan. Teachers nowadays are highly competitive in regards to their profession. A trending educator basically can change, can adapt and can evolve according to the actual situation.
      Aside flexibility and adaptability as major factor should a 21st Century Educator must possess, we should also open our mind and not fear of expressing our ideas in the education system.

      I suggest that educators should also align their standards and actions to the whole-person paradigm by Stephen Covey, the concept of living with a balanced.

      • BODY (Physically fit to perform the task).
      • MIND (Involvement into more personal and professional growth)
      • HEART (Love and affection – family, students, colleagues, community)
      • SPIRIT (Love of God and God-Fearing)

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      1. I love your suggestion Ms Jen: educators should also align their standards and actions to the whole-person paradigm by Stephen Covey, the concept of living with a balanced Body, mind, heart and spirit!”
        if only all teachers and educational admin would …!
        Congratulations for completing this exam Ma’am!


  17. The track of amendment in educational planning in the 1st century is like the two seasons in the Philippines . The Dry season; where newly elected politician is ANTI about the amendment it ‘s forgotten. Rainy season ; when the elected politician is PRO it’ unstoppable. Amendment in the curriculum as I learned from Doctor Tronco ( Curriculum Development)amends every after 5 years. According to research Philippines belongs to the least left behind country in ASEAN thats why k 12
    was that our education would be comparable globally. Planning can be short or long time goal. Based on the resource the enhancement has been a plan way back years. Recently the implementation started..Problem rises because of the LACK LACK LACK in Dep Ed ( Doc Tronco) .The Budget in education was tackled in our School Plant ( Doc Pimentel) it was mentioned based on research that DepEd has most budgeted agency in our country. Where is that BUDGET? Ooops! am just asking Prof. Gail thank you for inspiring ME and my classmates in EDM 505 to show how much WE CARE , what are we doing? lightens every challenge that we face not only in our profession but to all the people around. I’ll just share OUR experienced during our seminar in k12 aside from managing our accommodation and food , we should also manage not to ask question that is against the talk of the speaker..some replied thats what they learned during their seminar.However we finished the seminar harmoniously. Implementation after the seminar ..Lack Lack of materials no problem..teachers are resourceful. no wide screen? Manage the traditional manila paper..Real objects .pictures and anything available. Evaluation Language Assessment For Primary Grades ( LAPG) Hurray! the children sings, that was easy!!!
    Educators of the 21st century must know how a learner wants to learn ,?what he has to learn? why he has to learn ? and whom he has to lean on.Thank you so much Prof Gail and Congratiolations too ‘coz u don’t share knowledge but touch our heart to stay humble in every thing that we do.You’re indeed an inspiring influence to people!!

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    1. WOW, i love this symbolism: “The track of amendment in educational planning in the 1st century is like the two seasons in the Philippines!” There should be more teachers like you who considers “HOW A LEARNER WANTS TO LEARN”… and you’re welcome Ma’am Rose for your appreciations 🙂 Congratulations for completing this exam ma’am!


  18. 1.It’s all about ASEAN countries merge as one team for better opportunities in life. Merging and interchanging of professionals and workers among ASEAN countries give a lot of opportunities to all people who want to work whether its blue collar job or white collar job.The objectives of the merging is good but its must be planned ahead of time. How could our country compete with other countries if we lack something in the requirements. Education is one factor that they need to consider.
    1.1 PLANNING- as we always say, plan ahead of time.You must have objectives which are achievable so that the plan must be successful. Planning is very important because it lies here the success of the action. Always look at the welfare of everyone not personal interest. Planning on ASEAN Merging lacks of time and thorough study. Officials involve here must not only be influenced by the people around them that’s why they agreed with it. ASEAN merging must have clear objectives.THey must thought before they agreed the advantages and disadvantages of it.
    1.2-IMPLEMENTING- In executing the plan, the must thought on some strategies on how will they make the plan successful. Piloting Makati for K-12 is a good idea.They must test it first before implementing it in the country. And for 2 years now that it is implemented here in makati, I think it gives the students better opportunities to work while studying. We cannot oversee success after 2 years of implementing it because K-12 lacks of infrastructures, materials and budget,most especially teachers who will teach in the said program.
    1.3- EVALUATING- After 2 years of implementing K-12 in Makati, I cant tell that its successful nor failed because it didnt supply all the things needed for it. The best time for evaluation maybe when k-12 is implemented in the whole country. That’s the only way to measure it.
    2. 21st century educator should be flexible. Focus on student’s point of view. Rethink how the student interprets the lesson. Dialogue with the students. Let students question what they have learned. Make the lesson relevant to real-life. Let students contribute to their learning. Facilitate learning. Be just tech savvy as the students. Get students involved with their community. Teach students how to discern what is good info. Integrate theatrics in the classroom. Design alternative assessment. Be social. Learn explore,integrate,utilize.
    Thank you prof. for being a good professor in our class.

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    1. Your best line & my most like Ms. Kaye: “Dialogue with the students. Let students question what they have learned. Make the lesson relevant to real-life.” Thank you for your appreciation too. Congratulations for completing this exam ma’am!


  19. 1.1Planning:

    The reason of reforms in basic education in our country is the demand of ASEAN economic integration in 2015. So the Philippines “can send students to other ASEAN schools and be absorbed easily, and to be ready to accept int’l students”. Also, our graduates can easily be qualified for a professional employment in the ASEAN states.

    1.2 Implementation:

    Our leaders admit that these reforms are not easy because we lack time and resources. But they are willing to face the herculean tasks to meet the demands of our time. Our present law maker created law and provisions to support the reforms.


    The 3 educational agencies are prepared to implement the reforms but majority of our teachers were not made ready and did not catch the vision of our leader.

    The reforms violated our Constitution according to those who knows our Constitution.

    Lack of time and resources. The curriculum is not yet complete.

    Some Professors in college might be displaced.

    Senator Trillanes wants to abolish the implementation of K 1-2.

    After grade 12, the graduates can be qualified for professional employment.

    Those who will pursue college will only spend two to three years to finish it.

    2. A “21st Century Educator” should be a lover of knowledge and love his/her students. Teachers should not stop learning and impart his knowledge effectively to his/her students. Must realised that they exist to guide, motivate and instruct their students to be successful in life or to achieve their dreams and teach them to value spiritual things or eternity.

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    1. Taking it from the best Coach: “a 21st century teacher must realize that they exist to guide, motivate and instruct their students to be successful in life or to achieve their dreams and teach them to value spiritual things or eternity.” Congratulations for completing this exam sir June!


  20. 1.1 Education has undeniedly gained enormous respect for its percieved value in the conduct of human life. This is why parents send their children to school, hopeful that in doing so, they are carving for their children bright future usually equated to material prosperity. This is also why organized societies take pride in maintaining schools, colleges, universities and other kinds of learning institutions. with educated citizens trained in the scientific approach to problems of all sorts, people look forward to their nation’s progress and development which bring convenience and improvement in life.
    There is no gainsaying the fact that education has much to do with the changes the world has experienced through the centuries. Today, the world is no longer as it was hundred years ago.
    The Department of Education ( Deped ) is on the verge of promoting bold and radical changes in the system of education, attempts being addressed in straightforward and practical solutions. The implementation of the enhanced K+12 Basic Education Program.

    1.2 Implementation

    The truism that change is naturally occuring in all organizations, including the individuals comprising them, is without doubt, universally accepted. The department’s full implementation of this flagship initiative of the Aquino administration not only geared towards substantially resolving the decades woes of Philippine basic education but contribute as well to reducing poverty and ” producing a highly skilled and educated citizenry and building a more robust economy”( Teves et al, 2011:10) Adaptation changes towards this end should therefore be evident soon, if they are not yet, at the various units of the department, from the elementary and high schools at the grassroots all the way up to different bureaus and other staff offices.

    1.3 Evaluation

    As a teacher, I pledge to give my huge support to the programs of the Deped by diligently implementing the same inside my classroom. On the other hand, I look forward to more relevant and impressive modifications and upgrade in the system towards better and more responsive education for Filipino learners. There are no better inputs that the government has than the teachers who will contribute the most to the expected output. This would be truer if the present dispensation could effectively structure interventions and extend support to empower them to better perform their tasks.
    Indeed, the Deped will tremendously succeed if every classroom in the country is dealt with accordingly and given due priority.


  21. 1.1   Planning is so important in aspect of our decision makingthat it gives direction to achieve the goals or objectives. But the basiceducation for ASEAN 2015 planning is not taken seriously. It is really amazingthat K-12 was start yet no law has been passed nor the department of educationready to divine how this feat could be carry out.there is that sense of”pakiramdam” with expectation that no policy is set even if back bythe current president because after all, he will be gone from office. And so,the system will mudle through and we’re affected as an educator.     So, I venture tosay that in this instance, the Philippine Government has miserably failed to make the Filipino people truly aware of its participation in, and commitments to, the ASEAN community.     It is thereforenot surprising that ASEAN – much less ASEAN 2015 – remained a backstory, simply because the Filipinopeoplewere NOT made aware of the importance of the alliance. 1.2  The implementation of the K- 12 education plan in thePhilippine Basic Education Curriculum is the key to our nation’sdevelopment.    Though the governmentwill face many problems in the long run of the implementation of the program,there really is a need to implement it because the enhancement of the qualityof our education is very urgent and critical.       Filipinos are known to be competitive in the internationalcommunity. While this may be true, our current education system hinders us inbecoming more competitive among other countries. The K- 12 education planoffers a great solution to that problem. However, it is undeniable that thereseems to be problems arising as we implement the program such as lack ofgovernment budget, classrooms and school supplies as well as the teachers. But,if we focus on the long- term effect of K- 12, we can conclude that it is verybeneficial to us Filipinos. Therefore, we must have the strong will insupporting K- 12 Educational Plan for the betterment of our education systemand economy. Remember, if we want change in our society, we must start it withour education system.1.3 Evaluation          If the K-12Education Plan becomes successful, then the Philippine education system canbecome more competitive among other countries around the world. Though thereare still some problems that the government needs to solve before they cansuccessfully implement the plan. The proposed program is good but it stillwon’t work if the needed elements to make it work isn’t present.          We cannotescape ASEAN 2015. The world is growing smaller day by day – the wonders of technology and the efficiency of internet transactions have made it so. Global integrationwillcome, whether we like it or not.         So by allmeans, let us embrace it and use it to our advantage. But in embracing integration, let us not forget to “fix ourown house,” protect ourselves, and preserve our rights as individuals, and our identity as a people and a nation. 2. A 21st century educator should be a “guide on theside” not a sage on the stage. A 21st century educators must be lifelonglearners that will embrace not only technology, but be willing to learn fromcolleagues and student. The teacher must first possess the very same 21stskills that their students are expected to have. And in addition 21st centuryeducator must be a fluid thinker, ready to look at situations with fresh,creative eyes. He/she must go beyond the obvious to see the underlying patternsand core issues of a given circumstances. And most importantly an understandingof chaos theory is essential. | posted: “FINAL EXAM for EDM 5052nd Semester 2014-2015Basic Education in the Philippines has been experiencing REFORMS over some period of time — from “Governance for Development” in 1991  until this very recent “Enhanced Basic Education Act” of ” | | Respond to this post by replying above this line |

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    The Paper Tower Challenge.FINAL EXAM for EDM 5052nd Semester 2014-2015Basic Education in the Philippines has been experiencing REFORMS over some period of time — from “Governance for Development” in 1991  until this very recent “Enhanced Basic Education Act” of 2013.Having finished a course in Educational Planning & Fiscal Management & utilizing some “significant terms” and concepts learned throughout the Semester,1.   What can you say about the track of  amendments presented in this source: below as to its:     1.1  Planning     1.2  Implementation; and     1.3  Evaluation? BASIC EDUCATION REFORMS| BEFORE 2012 | 2012-2013 | | Trifocalization of Education in the Philippines (by the Education Committee in 1991) | Republic Act 10157: Kindergarten Education Act | | Republic Act 9155: Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001 (renaming the Department of Education, Culture and Sports as the Department of Education) | Executive Order No. 83, s. 2012: Institutionalization of the Philippine Qualifications Framework | | | Republic Act 10410: Early Years Act (EYA) of 2013 | | | Republic Act 10533: Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 |

    2. A “21st Century Educator” should ________________ …. [please expound your answer]

    Congratulations for “finishing strong”!

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  22. Final Exam

    1. What can you say about the track of amendments presented in this source: below as to its

    1.1 Planning
    Planning is the first thing that must be planned. Philippine education is now under pressure and struggling to attain the abrupt plan and involved person are getting rush into it. The reality is never considered just to make gaya-gaya and to surpass what is trending and not thinking of its beneficiaries-the Filipino people but the same-the elite, the leaders, the businessmen and other known people in the country are taking advantage of it. So sad, but true scenarios happened. Planning without contentment and pursuing what is good for them is their goal but not realizing if it is really helpful, suitable and effective to all Filipinos and its culture. Including adaption of other countries trends and ideas might not be apt in our fellowmen, but what are they doing? They keep on insisting to catch up what is fashion and could make country “masabi lang” achieved and met the standard within the Asia. Yes, the plan is good, but the question is, are the Filipinos ready for it?. In ASEAN 2015 integration, I might say that they plan for it without awareness for all Filipinos what is it all about. Their plan is fine, can become Filipino united if we all work together to make this economic community into a reality, but I think they should give enough time for us to be ready and we could really say that we can face it with all our might.

    1.2 Implementation
    Here we are now, when planning is not aligned to its beneficiaries, there is something wrong with it
    And may suffer consequences and problems that might be encountered along the way. I remember in our Saturday class discussion, that there are heart aches and cries from the teachers being experienced having implementing the plan in education without reality and far more than what is being practiced. Problems in education are always the same because what is planned before is still not yet resolved as they have their evaluation, meaning there are unresolved issues that are not addressed properly and not achieved with right solution for it. Paikot-ikot lang ang problema. And now giving another problem for a new curriculum that makes teachers feel cramming and chaotic how to implement, but thanks be to God that teachers have their imaginative power and being resourceful to meet the needs of learners. And to make sense of what we are doing in our calling is really matters for us even though we assess that we are failing in our implementation and not supported by the objectives and goals that they have from the plan. The result is, Plan A is failed, so teachers might go with the Plan B that they have in mind.

    1.3 Evaluation?
    As teachers assessed and experienced, “at nakakaramdam ng lahat” might go with the flow but with effort, love and passion we could say we made it perfectly in our own special way to convene the desires of our learners. Planner might be not succeed with their plan but there are still chances to come to make a new and better plan for our countrymen that would make Filipino united, with one heart, mind and spirit.

    2. A “21st Century Educator” should maintain student attention by serving them see how what they are learning prepares them for life in the real world, we must infuse curiosity, which is primary to lifelong learning, we must be flexible in how we teach, and we must stimulate learners to become even more resourceful so that they will continue to learn outside the formal school day. Educators must be orchestrator of learning and helping students turn information into knowledge, and knowledge into wisdom. We must also be flexible in the trends and learn new things and go with the flow of fashion so that we might not get lost into reality. “Dapat Teki ka na rin” so that we could easily understand our learners and communication could not be complicated for us. I guess it sums up with, educators should adopt what is suitable for the learners within the area and must have an excellent plan for the learners curriculum to be taken up.:)

    God bless us all!:)


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