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Where would we be without teachers?

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EVERY YEAR since 2008, Br. Armin Luistro has been leading a truly heartwarming multi-stakeholder initiative—National Teachers Month (Sept. 5-Oct. 5). When they started throwing ideas around with a small group composed of private individuals and representatives of corporate foundations, Brother Armin and Metrobank Foundation president Chito Sobrepeña set modest goals: Everyone was welcome to join, participation was purely voluntary and self-funded, and the activities could be as simple or as elaborate as creativity would allow, budgetary restrictions notwithstanding.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Embedding employability into the curriculum

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Defining education quality tends to be difficult because it depends on who you are and where you’re coming from. If you are the parent of a grade school or high school student, the K-to-12 Law puts things in context by saying that as a matter of policy, every student must have the opportunity to receive quality education that is “globally competitive based on a pedagogically sound curriculum that is at par with international standards.”

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Specialization training for BA and IT instructors

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During the May 2013 summer break, the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (Ibpap) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) organized several specialization training sessions for business administration and information technology (BA and IT) instructors from Cavite State University, Laguna State Polytechnic University and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Tarlac State University, Batangas State University and Negros Oriental State University.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Twenty-eight years later

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“Are you the gentleman who wants to help me talk to the world about People Power?” This was the only thing Eggie Apostol wanted to know when she asked me to work for her at the Foundation for Worldwide People Power.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The promise of employability

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Dean Elmer Lolin of the University of Northeastern Philippines (Unep) College of Business Education was emphatic. “You must come and speak to the deans of the business schools and their students about CMO 6 and the IT BPM (information technology and business process management) industry,” he said.

Posted: February 14th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Real-world knowledge

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At the latest Trade and Industry Development Update on “Enhancing Philippine Competitiveness” held recently by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Board of Investments, the Department of Education through Undersecretary Dina Ocampo walked industry representatives through the K-to-12 curriculum, perhaps for the first time.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

K-to-12 and the contact center professional

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The former chair of the Commission on Higher Education, Bro. Rolly Dizon FSC, once remarked that the majority of our high school graduates were unprepared for college. This observation—which resonated strongly among education stakeholders—helped put legislators in the proper frame of mind as they deliberated on the K-to-12 Law.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Dealing with digital distractions in the classroom

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I came across this excellent essay for teachers by Dr. Maryellen Weimer on the Faculty Focus website. Titled “The Age of Distraction: Getting Students to Put Away Their Phones and Focus on Learning,” the essay discusses the impact of mobile content in today’s classrooms.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Education quality in the Asean context

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The quest for education quality in fact propels all education reform initiatives. That being said, educators will be the first to say that arriving at a universal definition of education quality is actually more elusive than, say, achieving specific reform goals such as functional literacy at Grade 3, or the alignment of higher education competencies [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Education reform on all sides

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In keeping with the spirit of the season, let me say that education reform advocates have much to be grateful for this year. For the first time in quite a long while, we can see where we’re going and we have a fairly clear idea on how to get there.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Reading: the key to everything

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About a year ago, in his presentation in one of the literacy policy dialogues of the Department of Education, Marcial Salvatierra of the Education Development Center (EDC) said we could significantly improve the reading competency of learners in the early grades through a focused set of interventions implemented consistently over time.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Listening with our minds

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Try this exercise from Stephanie Watson of HowStuffWorks.com: “Each time you have a conversation, pretend there’s going to be a quiz at the end of it. Try to keep a mental checklist of all the important points the other person makes. When the conversation is over, force yourself to recall at least three important things the person said. Get in the habit of doing this until listening becomes second nature.”

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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