I was supposed to post this last Thursday. But my PC kinda died out again. I’m glad it’s back to life now. But the conking and dying-out episodes are getting too scary-close together, methinks. So I am seriously shopping for a new one, preferably a notebook computer. Technohub finally gave the thumbs-up. Woohoo!
I’m blogging really early today.
VGood and I had to wake up very early this morning so we could do her homework. We were unable to work on it last night because she was dead-tired and snoring soundly when we arrived home. It usually happens. So I let her get the rest she needed, instead of waking her up and risk making her cranky.
This morning we did a Filipino home-reading assignment. The way Filipino home-reading assignments and tests are patterned in my kids’ school sucks big-time!
Dig this, if you can: on the first page, there is a 2- or 3-paragraph short story in Filipino. Makatang Filipino. This short-story was never taught to them beforehand. It will be the first time my 1st-grade daughter and her classmates will be reading it.
Right below will be a series of questions. The first part of questions will have to do with choosing the correct definition of words used in the story. The second part will usually tackle reading comprehension.
This pattern of testing applies to all grade levels (I’m not sure with high school though). The stories become deeper and longer as the grade level goes up.
My big problem with this is that the story was never taught in school. There was zero to minimal effort on the part of the teacher because, well, she never taught the story in the first place. No discussions were made.
When I first brought this up during a PTC (parent-teacher conference), all the teacher could do was shrug and say “That’s just the way it is.” And she even went on to say “Dapat po kasi stock knowledge na yan ng bata.”
Huh??? Stock knowledge? Tell me again why I’m sending my kids to school??? If this is the way it’s going to be, aren’t we better off home-schooling?
I’m aware that kids today need to learn Filipino, because, admittedly, most kids I know are more comfortable speaking in English than with our own national language. But there must be a more effective way of teaching it to our kids than depending on us, parents, to supply the stock knowledge.
How is Filipino taught in your kids’ schools?