Ushering in The New Normal in Education



Recently, it has been announced by the Department of Education thru Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones that the opening of the academic school year 2020-2021 will be on August 24 instead of June. This decision has been well-taken, and it would also jibe with the school year opening in USA which usually starts on the first week of September. Reportedly, if last year’s enrollment figures are to be the basis, the Philippine Education System will be expecting 27 million students to enroll in the Basic Education System this coming school year. Reports are that there is a growing consensus in the United States that the primary goal of K-12 education system is to prepare all students to graduate from high school ready for college and career. Notably this goal is no different from the goal of K-12 Philippine Education System.

Great adjustments have to be made by parents, teachers and students through what the Secretary called the Learning Continuity Plan. Under this plan, and considering that COVID-19 may still be a threat to us until a vaccine is found, Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla claims that it will usher in the “new normal in education” where upskilling and reskilling of teachers may be necessary to cope with the new demands of teaching.

QUOTATION OF THE WEEK:

“THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY OF THEIR DREAMS.” ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

FOR OUR WORD OF LIFE:

“THUS THE LORD SAYS: OBSERVE WHAT IS RIGHT, DO WHAT IS JUST; FOR MY SALVATION IS ABOUT TO COME, MY JUSTICE ABOUT TO BE REVEALED.” ISAIAH 56:1