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Monday, May 4, 2015

You are What You Think You Are

By:  Gilbert M. Forbes
DepEd Quezon 

Have you experience assigning a fellow worker to do a presentation and the loudest reply is, "Sorry sir,  I can't."  What about asking for an information and the immediate answer is, "I don't know."  Remember this, you are what you think you are.

What occupies your mind and what you think means more than anything else in your life. Your thought of life will determine what you become-- indeed, your life, situation today is only the result of your decision yesterday which is the product of your mindset.

Be careful about what you set your hearts on, for you'll get it.  Be careful about what occupies your mind because it will greatly determine what you'll become tomorrow.  As Proverbs 23: 7, NKJV says, "As he thinks in his heart, so is he."

On the other hand, some or many are pretending to be in at times awkward position just to preserve their comfort zones.  And so, they are using the replies above as their alibis just because they don't want additional responsibilities, or twist in their daily work routines, even if it is for their benefit and of the organization.

The sad thing is, if it becomes a habit, then, it will become a character.  So who will be at the losing end? How can we become the best person that we can be?  That will be the next subject in the next post.

Reference:  Think on These Things, Meditation for Leaders by John C. Maxwell

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(The author himself is a practitioner in the field of school leadership and management for almost a decade now.  He holds both the Bachelors degree and MA (CARMA) from the Philippine Normal University, Quezon and Manila Campuses.  A former auditor of the Division Elementary School Paper Advisers, Secretary of the Division Multigrade Coordinators and Teachers Ass., and currently Vice -President of Quezon Elementary School Heads Association- QUESHA, Quezon PESPA Chapter)

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Amidst Critics, DepEd gears up for K to 12 full implementation

DepEd Philippines

"On this 5th year of K to 12 implementation, we are running a marathon and I can already see the finish line. We are on our last mile," said Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC after presenting a midterm report to the 16th Congress on the K to 12 Basic Education Program. 

In his presentation, Luistro outlined developments in the implementation of the K to 12 Program, specifically, the provision of fundamental education inputs from 2010 to 2014.  He asserted that, “All 220 divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) have finished planning and have figures on enrolment a year in advance. Plans were reviewed per division and against national figures then we [took results and] consulted with industry representatives.”

Since 2010 to 2014, DepEd has filled 128,055 new teacher items and constructed a total of 88,805 classrooms. DepEd expects 1.2M to 1.6M students from public high schools to enter Grade 11 in 2016 and 2017.

Of the 7,914 public high schools, DepEd identified 5,020 as potential Senior High Schools that are expected to accommodate 1.6M to 2.2M students. The remaining 800k to 1M students are expected to go to non-DepEd providers such as private high schools, private HEIs, SUCs and LUCs offering Senior High School.

Amid criticisms, the education chief encouraged openness to dialogue and extended gratitude to partners in the legislative who were instrumental in creating the Enhanced Basic Education Act and ensuring that no learners are left behind.

“The curriculum is done and it is the first time in history that it can be accessed in its entirety in the DepEd website,” Luistro said. He added that while it is complete, the Department welcomes feedback from the public. He maintains that education is everyone’s responsibility.

Commenting on the strengths of the K to 12 Program, Luistro said, “We looked at the exits (of the K to 12 curriculum).  Each Filipino should have skills in Information Technology, Learning and Innovation, Communication, and Life Skills. Mas importante po ang life skills, hindi lang ang nakukuha sa libro. Every Filipino will have the skills to be able to go to school, start their own businesses or be employed.”

Amid claims that a number of teachers stand to be unemployed because of the K to 12 Program, Luistro gave his assurance saying, "The situation is manageable. We will be hiring an estimated 30,000 to 41,000 high school teachers for 2016 and 2017 and we will give priority to the displaced teaching and non-teaching staff."

In his closing remarks, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr. vowed to block attempts by Congress to suspend the K to 12 Program’s implementation saying, “We in Congress have given them the law and it cannot be suspended. Based on the discussion today, I think they [DepEd] are on the right track.”

As of March 5, there are 1,116 private schools that applied for SHS permits for SY 2016. Luistro said, “By the end of March, we will be able to issue actual probationary permits (for these applicants).”