K to 12 Curriculum : A Change for the Better or for Worse?
“Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything”, is a quote from George Bernard Shaw that seems to support the implementation of the K to 12 Curriculum. K to 12 Curriculum was proposed last 2011 and implemented a year after. It seeks to develop 21st century skills among its learners that require 21st century skilled-teachers. In addressing this change of curriculum, a number of problems aroused. Many teachers from the primary level of education complained about the lack of budget for reference materials, curriculum guides, teacher’s guides and learner’s materials. Many parents also grumble on the lack of books for their children, lessons taught by the teachers which are Mother-Tongued Based, the Mother Tongue medium of instruction and its effect to the reading level of Grade 1 to Grade 3 pupils which according to them, is degrading because of the low standard. They claim that without books, children’s learning can’t be reinforced at home as they just depend on their notebooks for references. According to them, having all the subjects translated to Cebuano text except Filipino and English is such a difficult task because not all pupils are well-versed with the original Cebuano or Sinugbuhanon dialect that gives them a hard time compared to have the subjects in Filipino and English Language. Also, the reading level and comprehension of their children seem to be not the main concern as Grade one pupils are not required to read English. With all these claims, K to 12 curriculum is not the key to give Juan Dela Cruz the strength to progress as stated by our President, Benigno Aquino III. Are these really problems? Or just challenges along the way gearing towards the perfection of a curriculum? According to Frederick Douglas, “If there is no struggle, there is no