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Changing Education Paradigms

The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Management, and Commerce has created a brilliant blow-by-blow caricature to accompany a portion of the talk by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert. A recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award, Robinson’s talk resonated with me because of its “education and factory” metaphor to illustrate how traditional educational services are delivered. I believe this model, while practical, is not responsive to the current needs of the 21st Century learner.

How to teach Filipino to an English-speaking child

My son is an English-speaking 7-year old currently in Grade 1. I am trilingual. I can speak English, Filipino and Chinese. My husband is an extremely well-versed English speaker and writer. It should not be surprising to you to know that my son developed above average English language skills but is not very good in Filipino. This is not entirely uncommon as I know many mothers who face the same challenge of teaching Filipino to an English-speaking child. I would like to share some of the strategies I used to help my son catch up with his Filipino. So far, may of these techniques worked. Continue reading

My Thoughts on the DepEd 12-year Basic Education Plan for the Philippines

Last October 5, the Department of Education (DepEd) unveiled the initial draft of the 12-year basic education cycle for the Philippines. This radical announcement naturally resulted in a lot of talks and discussions on this issue. Numerous parents worried about the burden of paying for the additional two years of basic education. Some people started personally attacking Br. Armin Luistro, the current DepEd secretary, about this move. Their main contention was that there are other problems that needed to be addressed including curriculum review,  physical facilities and teacher training among many. As a mother and educator, I would like to share some points to ponder regarding this matter. Continue reading

Talagang Kaya ng Pinoy Learning Opportunity

Learn from 3 dynamic speakers-authors how to thrive and excel amidst adversity, challenges and crisis!

We live in a time where stress, challenges and crises are common words in day-to-day conversation.  Whether related to work, family or finances, adversities can temporarily distract us from achieving our goals or permanently ruin our confidence to pursue success. Continue reading

The Under Appreciated Teachers

During Teacher’s Day, pupils normally give flowers, cards and other simple gifts to express appreciation for their teachers. This is all well and good. Teachers truly deserve this tribute and honor.

However, there is a segment of the school’s organizational structure who usually do not receive the tribute and honor they deserve. Continue reading

My Thoughts on DepEd Memo No. 392-2010 No Homework on Weekends for Filipino Children

This morning, I woke up to interesting news. Br. Armin Luistro, the DepEd secretary, has issued this memo stating that “no homework/assignments shall be given during weekends for pupils to enjoy their childhood, and spend quality time with their parents without being burdened by the thought of doing lots of homework.” I encourage everyone to read the full memo here. Continue reading