GirlTalk’s sis blooming said:
As for the stress, dito (Singapore) medyo salungat ang experience ko compared sa Pinas. Sa Gradeschool, I find Pinas private schools more stressful compared to Sg public schools. Lagi nga silang walang assignment dito. Tapos, 4 lang ang subjects compared to almost 10 sa Pinas. Dito, all they have to do is focus on understanding the lessons for Math, Science, English and Mother Tongue (Chinese or some other language). Kahit pangit sulat ok lang (which is another thing I dont like, ang pangit ng penmanship nila kasi wala nga sila masyadong homework or practice sa pagsulat). The advantage is, naka focus talaga sila during exam time. Whereas sa Pinas, sampung subject, kahit Social Studies, PE or Homeroom, nakiki-agaw ng oras mo sa pag-aaral.
Feeling ko nga naging mas kampante ang anak ko when we transferred here. Laging naglalaro at hindi nag-aaral kasi nga walang assignments. Siguro depende din sa school, kaya kino-complement ko nalang ng ibang homework on my own.
I said on Facebook,
No wonder, maganda ang education system sa Singapore because they simply focus on MAJOR subjects alone + another language besides English. Sana ganito rin sa Pilipinas.
I think their history class, together with other subjects are taught in high school and college.
In other words, our education system taught us to become laborers than Filipinos.
Who needs TLE, Religion class, History class and err… some other subjects like P.E. if these can be learned at home?
As a matter of fact, the Philippines should adopt a system wherein major subjects such as English, Math and Science will be the main focus, plus another language (Filipino and other languages such as Visayan (mainly Cebuano), native language).
Our professor in the English department is right. Our education system teaches us to become laborers than Filipinos. We are taught to serve than to lead, quoting our high school teacher.
Children are too young to learn about what TAX is all about in the Philippines. It could be learned at high school later on. Somehow, subjects like Philosophy, Political Science, International Studies and a lot more things could be taught later on. Somehow, DepEd should do something to make education reforms in the Philippines.
Well, do you have any idea on countries with the BEST education system?
I will mention it: Japan, Singapore and of course, Finland.
Which countries has tuition-FREE education?
Germany, Norway, Sweden and of course… Finland.
Japan’s education system teaches pupils and students how to be independent and how to apply things that they have learned in class. Also, it is a training ground on how to be productive and creative at the same time.
Meanwhile, Singapore only focuses on major subjects only: Math and Science. Besides that, English plus another language is taught, but most students choose the native language.
Finally, Finland has the best seat in this list. In the system, their education is the most liberal. They only call their teachers by their frist names, there is no such thing as school uniform, everyone’s equal and the exams are quite easy. Every kid starts at first grade, to ensure that they enjoy their childhood.
Somehow, the Philippine education system should learn a thing or two from these countries. But between the three, the Singaporean education system works best in the Philippine setting.
Quoting fujiringo-san from my previous blog post:
Sa ibang bansa, kahit mga high school graduates lang or hindi na nakatapos ng pag-aaral, binibigyan ng chance na magtagumpay sa field na gusto nila. Suportado pa sila ng gobyerno nila at ng mga civic groups. Eh dito, may diploma ka na nga, kung hindi ka naman galing sa kilalang school eh mamatahin ka pa. That’s how superficial we are. At kung hindi ka nakatapos ng pag-aaral, hahayaan ka na lang na mabulok.
That means that you still have to swallow a lot of grains to be recognized. Look at once of my relatives. He did not finish college, yet he was accepted in this publication company because of his talent in writing. This means that he accepted the job ahead before he graduated.
However, since this is the Philippines, what do you expect? You only achieve this kind of thing through nepotism and cronyism. In other words, superficiality on Philippine education is still rampant, until now.
My take on this issue: That’s because we don’t create a lot of jobs in the Philippines! We create jobs only for the elite, and the masa relies on the oligarchs!
fujiringo-san also adds:
I never believed in what’s written on my report cards. Those are just merely numbers used by our teachers to judge our performances. We know ourselves and we know where we can really excel.
Sadly, professors allow kiss-arse students to get high grades. Isang close-close-an mo lang sa mga professors, you get a very high grade. However, I am not the type of person who will be kiss-arse to professors just to get a high grade. At heto pa ah, there’s this certain anonymous student who has sacrificed her virginity to a professor just to get a passing grade.
Now I know why the Philippines isn’t an immigrant-friendly country, speaking of looking for jobs. Look at Thailand and Malaysia–these are upper middle-income countries, and they even managed to welcome immigrants, speaking of job searching. Why? Because their governments support their people and not themselves alone. In other words, they have a strong, supportive government. No oligarch presence. Eh sa Thailand pa lang, maraming nagpo-protesta laban kay PM Yingluck Shinawatra–well, the oligarchs and the elite class in Thailand HATE the Shinawatras (Shinawat is the correct pronunciation). If Filipinos will protest against the oligarchs who have written the 1987 Constitution, somehow, an honest president will rather make oligarchs angry.
Well, if I were to be asked, I won’t let my children study in the Philippines anymore. If that would be in the Philippines, it should be in well-known and sikat schools since:
Even my gay buddy said that “Bakit sikat ang Miriam College, St. Paul Pasig, Assumption?” Again, people may insist that it still depends on the student, but ask him and he will disagree. Even DLSU has its own flaws–it does not give ample generosity to most introverts who are willing to be on the Dean’s List, unless masipag lang talaga sila (well, slackers not allowed to be DL unless they’re just lucky). Also, you need the right set of friends in order to maintain your grades. Therefore, in college, the concept of “it’s in the student” applies–to some extent. Crab mentality and nega vibes are also rampant in DLSU since competition is also rampant, and the only way you could get a 3.0 as your GPA is the number of friends you get in order to help you with your homework (not joking about this one). In Japan and in the US, it’s different. You are given more room to excel, and there are reasons why there are Filipinos who study abroad rather than in the Philippines–they’re not as superficial when it comes to track record, credentials and also, if you come from a not-so famous school, you’re going to be interrogated.
Even colleges and universities in the Philippines has this structured vibe, which you cannot even see in other countries. In Japan, tertiary education is completely optional, since only the Japanese elite could afford sending their children to universities, and in a Japanese university, they have high standards. The good side is that, they’re often generous when it comes to scholarships.
I also heard that madali lang at chill ang mga subjects sa mga Japanese universities, eh. In the United States, however, tertiary education is quite difficult and more rigid. However, the Japanese and U.S. government ensures that these students receive support from them. Sa Pilipinas nga lang, students are often suffering from this STFAP policy. This STFAP policy reminds me that even BIR Chief Kim Henares (aka Ducut twin) is omnipotently present in the UP system–but this policy was reformed, after the death of Kristel Tejada.
Lastly, Roxyisferox said:
It all boils down to this one thing, and I know you guys are sick and tired of blaming to the government, but for the last couple of decades, none of our Presidents PRIORITIZED EDUCATION. CHED could not control the tuition fee that continuously increases. Cheaper than other Universities around the world, but still, our condition is a total mindfuck.
Well, if only our presidents prioritized education, healthcare and of course, telecommunications, it would make the Philippines a peaceful country. But here, we need to have more honest public servants such as Dick Gordon, MDS, Bayani Fernando, Juan Flavier and a lot more. We need more scientists, engineers and lawyers, alongside doctors and teachers to run for public office. Lastly, we need more people in DSWD who are generous enough to distribute relief goods towards Yolands victims, not crocodiles.
In the Philippines, we need PUBLIC SERVANTS, not POLITICIANS. A public servant is an advocate of a specific field, while a politician is doing everything to meet national interests and contribute towards conspiracy.