Who Loses In DepEd’s New Curriculum?
The grade 1 and 2 students?
Why? Because they will be “losing out” on how much fun science is?
This is how science was taught in my school:
- The teacher tapes sheets of manila papers full of terms and definitions to the board.
- The students scramble for their pencils and start a mad race to see who can finish copying the whole thing first. (If you didn’t do that with your friends, then I’m sorry, but you missed the whole point of being in 1st grade.)
- The teacher leads the class in reading and memorizing the list.
After each lesson, I can recite the types of clouds, the five senses, and the six primary colors all in one breath – but ask me to define them in my own words and I’ll be spacing out and wondering what to buy for recess.
You’re probably enraged right now: How dare I belittle science, mindlessly memorizing things! What is this, History class?
Science is special! It’s everywhere! It’s about making and breaking things. Building robots. Mixing colors. Predicting the weather…
And I agree, science is important. But you can only reach this conclusion in hindsight, once you can understand what the words in the manila paper meant.
Young Filipinos don’t have hindsight. They only have a foreign textbook full of foreign words taught by an overworked teacher who thinks that if she can get her students to memorize a list of living vs non-living things, she’s golden.
The DepEd was right in saying that students are bored and nahihirapan with science. Not because Filipinos are stupid or lack curiosity, but because the material is written in a language our kids haven’t even mastered yet.
How can we expect them to appreciate something they don’t understand? Are we hoping our kids would just believe what’s written in the textbook and apply it in their lives?
Thus spake the meteorologist: cirrus clouds bringeth good weather. Nimbus clouds bringeth rain. And whosoever believeth in this shalt not worry about being caught unawares by cloudless rainfall.
— Science Is Fun, Chapter 2 verse 24.
That sounds dangerously close to a religion. I thought science was less about faith and more about verifiable fact?
If you think this kabisote environment will foster “discovery” or “creativity” or whatever romantic notion you’ve attached to science, then you must’ve been from one of those good schools where microscopes weren’t locked behind glass cases and the highlight of your year wasn’t that one time when the teacher got sick and made you watch Sineskwela episodes. (Which, coincidentally were taught in Filipino.)
As for me, I completely understand why DepEd would want to fix the gap between the teaching material and the student’s ability to absorb said material.
Is it the best solution? No. Probably not. They could’ve opted to allow lower grade science to be taught using Filipino, Tagalog, or whatever common language the class can understand (yes, even j3j3m0n). They could’ve reprinted the textbooks. They could’ve replaced normal science with a lab class or nature appreciation class…
Other brilliant and critical minds are probably coming up with good arguments for and against the new curriculum, but if you’re just complaining: “Tinanggal niyo yung science eh ang saya saya nun, napaka-useful nun para sa mga bata, favorite ko nga yun e!” without trying to study the situation, then you’re exactly the kind of person who would’ve benefited from a better understanding of how science works.
And you’re the only one losing out because the new curriculum came too late for you.