Why classes shoud start in September

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The Philippines is a country which tourists like to visit because of its unique beauty.

But it’s not just foreigners who likes to pay us a visit apparently.

Our country gets approximately 19 typhoons a year. It is a common to sight to see children swimMing in the flood, people panicking while carrying their refrigators and TVs, and families clinging on the roof of their houses away from the waters.

There is a proposal emerging to start the school year at August, two months than what was usual. These has spawned numerous debates from different people. Some say it’s impractical. Some say it’s just right. Not that I’m some famous person or I know someone famous for my opinion to my matter, but I’m still gonna say what’s on my mind. This is my blog post anyway.

They say we shoud start in August. Some say we should stick to June. I say why not September?

The current school year system starts at June, when the rainy season is just starting. Classes are suspended, to the joy dismay of the students.As a consequence, lessons gets skipped, and teachers had to rush everything, leaving some lessons undisclosed, which can be detrimental to the student. This season extends until August, which I can say is the peak of it. Along with the students’ hell month, the typhoons seem to have arrived at an agreement that they should attack the Philippines every August annually. One recent occurence is the suspension of classes for four days, just this month. And last year, classes were suspended for one week. So I think I have made my point clear: June and August
are bad ideas. That goes the same for you, July. September is the best time. There are no longer typhoons so students can enjoy every class day without suspension. And Christmas is just lurking aroung. So the Christmas break can be the se break rolled into one. More time saved.

So that’s jutst my point, and it may seem weak, but let me tell you why we should not start class in any other month except September:

January–Na uh. Can’t do. The new year has just arrived, and students still got hangovers from the midnight party. They won’t be able to function properly if you start the sem in this month.

February–Hey, students need some love too! They’d be too busy with their lovey-doveys to focus on schoolworks.

March–Too much fire incidents. Can’t risk the safety of students.

April–Too hot! Who would be able  to move on such a hot weather?

May–This is the time for festivities. Mothers would need their children in their kitchens.

And besides, teachers have to eat and party too, you know?

October–Halloween. Kids would be too afraid to go out of their houses because of evil spirits.

November–We should not forget the dead, should we?

December–Duh. It’s Christmas season. Who would want to study when al your family is having fun?

So you see? The best choice is September.

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Ang pagsisimula ng klase sa Pinas tuwing buwan ng Hunyo

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Tama lamang na sa buwan ng Hunyo nagsisimula ang klase sa Pilipinas.

Hindi magandang ideya na gayahin ang ibang bansa pagdating sa kung anong buwan dapat nagsisimula ang pasukan. Nakabatay dapat sa klima o nakatakdang panahon ang tamang desisyon kung kailan nga ba dapat pumasok ang mga mag-aaral.

Batay naman sa DepEd chief na si Secretary Armin Luistro, nakabubuti lamang sa iilang rehiyon o parte ng bansa katulad ng NCR ang nasabing paglilipat ng buwan kung kailan magsisimula ang klase. Kung tutuusin, maaaring hindi maganda ang idulot o di kaya’y walang mapakinabangan ang karamihan sa populasyon ng iba’t ibang rehiyon sa mungkahing iyon.

Ayon din kay Sec. Luistro, sinubukan na noon ng DepEd (1970s) na ilipat ang simula ng klase sa Setyembre ngunit hindi ito umubra dahil sa parehong katwiran o dahilan.

Makikita rin natin na maraming “holidays” tuwing bakasyon. Nakasanayan na, na tuwing Mahal na Araw ay nagpapahinga ang mga estudyante at hindi pumapasok sa paaralan.

Ang pagkakaroon ng pasok sa buwan ng Abril at Mayo ay hindi makatarungan sapagkat ang panahon ng tag-init ay hindi tamang oras para mag-aral ang mga estudyante. Hindi sila makakapagpokus sa kanilang gawain. Tatamarin silang mag-aral dahil sa sobrang init ng panahon. Pati ang mga guro ay hindi gaganahan na magturo.

Hindi na dapat ilipat pa sa buwan ng Setyembre ang simula ng pasukan sapagkat alalahanin natin na ang mga buwan na nakaatay para sa bakasyon ay nakasanayan na at praktikal para maglaro at magsaya ang mga bata. Hindi naman natin gugustuhin na nakatunganga lamang sila at walang ginagawa sa panahon ng tag-ulan. Dapat na bigyan ng sapat na panahon ang mga mag-aaral na magbakasyon at magliwaliw pagkatapos ng taon na kanilang pinaghirapan para  sa pag-aaral.

Ngunit, dahil sa patuloy na pagbabago-bago ng panahon. Hindi na katulad ng nakasanayan natin ang nangyayari. Ang pinakamabuting gawin ay paghandaan ang bawat panahon. Hindi masama ang pagbabago o paglilipat ng buwan ng pagpasok; dapat lamang natin isaalang-ala kung nakabubuti ba o nakakasama ang panahon ng araw na iyon. Ang pinakaimportante ay natututo ang bawat mag-aaral nang masaya at maginhawa.

Reference/s:

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/269669/news/nation/deped-chief-moving-start-of-classes-to-september-will-only-benefit-some-areas

Bakit Hunyo ang simula ng Klase?

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Sa Pilipinas, ang buwan ng Hunyo ang karaniwang simula ng araw ng klase. Ngunit sa bagong batayang ipinapanukala ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, isang primerong unibersidad, ito ay ninanais baguhin at gawin sa unang buwan ng Agosto. Paano nga ba ito nangyari?

Kung masusi nating pag-iisipan at ia-angkla ang panahon sa Pilipinas, ginawang Hunyo ang unang araw ng klase dahil ang klima nito ay tamang-tama sa mga estudyante. Hindi gaanong ma-araw at hindi rin gaanong maulan. Maliban dito, ang mga kaganapan sa loob at labas ng eskwelahan ay maganda at likas na naidesenyo sa buwan ng Hunyo bilang simula ng klase.

Kung ganito ang mangyayari, bakit pa kailangan na gawing Agosto ang simula nito? Batay sa panukala ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, nais nila na i-angkop ang kurikulum ng pag-aaral sa ibang mga bansa gaya ng Japan.

Natitiyak ko na hindi lang ang pagbago sa kurikulum ang mabibigyang kahirapan sa pagbabago. Mahihirapan din ang mga estudyante dahil hindi nila lubos na matatamasa ang saya na dulot ng maraming “free cuts,” holidays, sembreaks, at maging ang kasiyahan na dulot ng Pasko o Bagong taon.

Kung kaya’t masasabi ko na ang buwang ng Hunyo ang pinaka magandang panahon sa simula ng araw ng klase.

Sa Aking Palagay Lang Naman

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Ano? magsisimula ang klase ng Agosto?

Alam naman siguro natin na ang Pilipinas ay isang “living hell” o isa PINAKA MAINIT na lugar tuwing tag-araw, kaya nga paborito tayong puntahan ng mga turista dahil sa magaganda nating dalampasigan at walang katapusang summer-friendly pasyalan tulad ng mga pool resorts, malls na may airconditioned, talon, ilog, at marami pang iba.

Ngunit bukod sa mga turista, ang mga pilipino din ay nakakaranas ng ganitong pakiramdam na para bang niluluto sa sariling bahay. Kaya nga mahilig tayong mag out-of-town, umuwi sa probinsya, at kung mayaman ka, sa ibang bansa pa. Dahil hindi natin matiis ang kainitan ng tag-araw, kung anu-anong pakulo pa ang pinapauso. Nauso pa nga ang pagkain ng Halo-halo, naalala ko noong nakaraang tag-araw, araw-araw kami kumakain ng halo-halo sa Razon’s ng mama ko, masarap halo halo doon. Kasi nga MAINIT.

Isipin palang na ang pasukan ay aabutin ng tag-araw? Nako, parusa na para sa mga estudyante yan. Walang summer break, walang swimming at bakasyon sa probinsya tuwing summer break, walang happiness. nakakalungkot isipin kung ito ay mangyayari.

Bukod sa hindi ito masaya, delikado din ang sobrang init sa mga estudyante, lalo sa mga ISKO at ISKA na karamihan ng mga classrooms kung saan sila pumapasok ay hindi airconditioned. Ang mga kumukuha ng PE subjects sa UP CHK Gym, na sobrang init lalo sa katanghalian, maaaring dumami ang mga kaso ng hinihimatay na estudyante dahil sa sobrang init ng paligid.

Hindi lang pangkalusugan ang maaapektuhan nito, maaari din tamaan ang pangkabuhayan ng mga ISKO at ISKA, ang mga kumukuha ng summer job, halimbawa ang isang miyembro ng swimming team ng ating unibersidad ay nagnanais na magsagawa ng swimming summer clinic, o magtuturo ng swimming sa mga bata tuwing tag-araw, mawawalan siya ng kliyente dahil tapos na ang swimming season bago pa sya makapagsimula. Parehas din ang epekto nito sa iba pang mga atleta na nagpapalano ng parehas na gawain tuwing tag-araw.

Sa mga magulang naman na mayroong anak mula sa iba’t ibang lebel ng edukasyon o iba’t ibang paaralan. kung ang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas lamang ang naglalayon ng ganitong proposisyon, hindi nito matutulungan ang mga magulang sapagkat summer break lamang ang panahon ng mga magulang, lalo na ang mga inang “housewife”, mula sa pag-ising ng maaga para maghanda sa pagpasok ng kanilang mga anak.

Kung layunin ng ideya nito ay upang makasabay tayo sa standards ng ibang bansa, sa tingin ko, hindi naman natin kailangan na gayahin ang bawat linya ng panuntunan nila. Una, dahil tayo ay Pilipino at mayroon tayong mga pamamaraan kung paano tayo matututo ng lubos. Pangalawa, iba ang klima ng Pilipinas sa klima ng Estados Unidos.

Kung ang layunin naman nito ay upang mailayo ang pasukan sa tag-ulan o sa bagyo, hindi naman madalas magkaroon ng malalakas ng bagyo ang Pilipinas. At hindi naman din laging nasususpinde ang klase ng UP tuwing nagkakabagyo.

Kaya sa palagay ko, mas mabuti padin na ilagay ang simula ng klase tuwing Hunyo. Mas mahirap mag-aral sa mainit na panahon.

Why classes should start in June?

The main street of Roxas boulevard is seen submerged under flood waters in metro Manila September 27, 2011 after Typhoon Nesat, locally known as Pedring, hit the capital, Manila.  REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES)
Roxas boulevard. September 27, 2011 as typhoon Pedring, hit the capital, Manila. — REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES)
http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/tag/environment/page/2/

Way back when I was still in elementary, talks about the shift of academic calendar of the Philippines from June-March were already present. Especially now, due to the worldwide climate change, weather situations had drastically changed from normal to extremes. Excessive floods and rainfall over the metro which causes traffic and property destructions and even much worse situations are being felt by people in their respective provinces. I think all of us already had enough of this on our newspapers, televisions, radio stations and even on the INTERNET and social media sites.

The proposed shift is from August-May. They say that it is because our country needs to get in sync with the academic calendar of foreign countries and for us to have more shots on opportunities for exchange students and for foreign visitors’ ease. There are a lot more reasons according to them but I’d rather not discuss or even think about it because the mere idea of shifting the academic calendar to August-May is already ridiculous. Much more difficulty and adjustments would have to be made if a shift in academic calendar would be made.

First, we have to consider OUR climate. August and September are the peak months of the rainy season. The strong typhoons and bad weather occurrences usually take place during these months. Do they want Filipinos to die?

Second, change is good. BUT IS IT REALLY NECESSARY? Is it really for our own sake? Is it really for us to have a shot at those opportunities? Or is it for the OTHER COUNTRIES’ sake? We have to consider OUR SITUATION.

Third, for a very long time, we Filipinos have endured, adjusted and actually performed well with the academic calendar that we have.  Being different from other countries doesn’t mean that we are losing our track or that something is wrong and has to be changed. Sometimes, standing up for our own beliefs and principles is better than to just follow other’s perspective.

Actually, whichever side we take. there would always be downsides. So why don’t we just bear with what we have been used to? Sure there would be class suspensions. There would be make up classes, students’ requirements would be squeezed in a short period of time, teachers would have  hard time on adjusting their lesson plans and stuff. But since I was in elementary, I’ve seen Filipinos at their best on being flexible and creative just to adjust to these changes.

“Unnecessary possessions are unnecessary burdens. If you have them, you have to take care of them! There is great freedom in simplicity of living. It is those who have enough but not too much who are the happiest.”   – Peace Pilgrim

 

US Embassy was submerged in flood, causing force evacuation of the Americans inside.

US Embassy was submerged in flood, causing force evacuation of the Americans inside.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/13827/tsunami-waves-force-us-embassy-evacuation

 

Why classes should still start on June

Normalcy is a state that we, in varying degrees, refrain from disturbing. Even though some people call for change, what guarantee do they have that such a change will bring about the bettepicrment of a situation. Should we change  the start of classes, that would be such a drastic change, a relief for some who don’t appreciate the meaning of stability. One doesn’t need to touch fire to know it is hot.
“Why should we change the start of classes?”
Answer me with a “Why not?” then I would gladly recommend you to undergo a course in logic.
Anyone who will point out that the best month in which classes should start should be moved somewhere from August to October, I will in no way understand where he/she is coming from. In other countries, classes start during these months since their summer season plays around the months of June to August. But here, that is the time when typhoons make a habit of appearing one after another. Typhoons which bring about heavy rains. So move it to August and what a damp start would that be for a school year.
Move it earlier, you say? Move it somewhere in March and let the students smother in the sweltering heat while they trot off to their school and play tag during the breaks? Let them utilize their notebooks and handkerchiefs (in public schools with no air conditioning, anyway) to fan themselves while sweating it out at school? Let those students bathe in the intense heat and let heat stroke reap more victims.

Move it to January? What a cliche move, coinciding the start of a new year with an academic year. Reality check: not all who walk this earth are students. Plus, people would still have a hangover from the holidays. That much is a reality.

What I’m trying to point out is that currently there is no need for change in the start of classes. Not particularly because June is the most conductive month for the start of classes but because moving it to another month has no concrete backing in it yielding positive results. For what criteria do we have in choosing the right month, anyway?

I’m not saying that the link below  is a reflection of my thoughts. But at least we share the same stand on this issue.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/250115/moving-school-opening-not-a-good-idea-say-officials

Why classes should start in June?

Due to climate change, people are experiencing a great adjustment in the fast shift of our weather. Because of this, different education sectors are planning to shift the start and the end of the school year, particularly University of the Philippines. But, is this really feasible? Will this shift be an advantage or disadvantage to all? With this post, I would like to lay down all my stand why we should still start school in June. Continue reading