History Of Curriculum Development In The Philippines

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K-12 Curriculum Development in the Philippines: Revisiting Its Framework and Underpinnings

Curriculum is more than just an educational requirement. Curriculum is conceptualized so educational system would move forward. Curriculum is life itself. We are made to function. We are made to work. In every day that we are moving forward, we experience things along the way. When we experience things, we learn – how we should speak, how we should act, and how we should respond to certain stimulus. Experiences mold us into learning more about life. These experiences dictated by what we learned from our personal encounters enable us to survive. Curriculum, on the other hand, undergoes several encounters. With such encounters, curriculum developers choose to move forward, choose to learn new things, and choose to survive. In the school setting, the curriculum serves as the agent satisfying the important educational needs of its clients – students – through experience. Subjects are just the ‘façade’ of a bigger picture. For example, in the English subjects, literature is taught in the classroom but literature empowers values appreciation of the different cultures. Math operations are taught in the classrooms but behind it is equipping students the means to survive in this world. Therefore, curriculum is the training module for a much bigger life after school. That is certainly the case of the curriculum status of the Philippines. For how many years the country gripped the ten-year

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