The onslaught of heat of summer cannot dampen the spirits of those who have just graduated from school. Be it high school or college, the thought of accomplishing something or reaching a milestone in one’s life is worth the celebration. It doesn’t matter really whether you graduated with honors or not (they are just but tokens for better status later in life or tickets to good schools): all graduates – who really toiled to reach that point in their lives – should be commended.
I don’t regret conceding to attend my graduation rites in college. After all, it was only to be done once, unlike subjects which you may fail and take again. Graduation rites will only happen once in high school and once in college. One should attend them all. And that is something not just for yourself; it is also a trophy, a toast as for those who accompanied you in your journey towards that particular end – parents, friends, intimates, among others.
However, it is quite disturbing to notice incumbent government officials posting their graduation greetings outside schools. They may seem not harmful enough, but when you look closely, you’ll notice the words “Mayor”, “VM” or “BOCAL” emerging from those greetings. It was like: what the hell, at this stage? at this time? The next election will not be held until next year so why do all those antics? For the parents perhaps? Certainly not for the kids who will graduate because they will not still be in the voting age next year. Whatever their motivations are, or however ‘noble’ they may think their actions are, it is still irritating. They are all feeding the stereotype monster that politicians work dirty and ugly. Please, I beg those ‘honorable’ officials to stop those craps.
The Upcoming Challenge of K-12
This year’s graduations rites would be memorable as they would be the last ones to be held before the K-12 Basic Education Curriculum is to be implemented. Something that was demonized, criticized, upheld, and supported on all sides of the society.
But the best thing to do when an issue fans the fires of unrest and misunderstanding is to look for the truth for yourself. The K-12 curriculum, upon reading the documents released by the Department of Education or DepEd concerning this, seems beneficial albeit challenges both for the teaching force and DepEd are already in place (read the DepEd-released documents here). What was disconcerting was the fact there are only three countries who retain the 10-years pre-university set-up, and that includes the Philippines. The other two are Djibouti and Angola. This should be more than enough motivation to see the prospective benefits of this new curriculum.
It is good that this early stage, most of the the challenges in coming with this new form of curriculum have already been identified (if not all). This is to avoid the usual mudslinging and blame games that we usually see among government agencies. We all should put confidence in this new educational endeavor in our country.