As a nation, we need a curriculum that demands more from our students than the mere memorization of facts, and a move toward a curriculum that supports deep and meaningful understanding of content, creative and critical problem-solving skills.
from Janet English quoted in “What is a Good Teacher Worth?”
I think her sentiments are not only what’s needed for American education but also for the Philippine educational system, too. As we are now implementing the K-12 program, there is still a need for teachers to focus on critical thinking and, I think, the more important quality to be developed – a love for learning – in the students.
I think students who are inspired to know more, learn to ask and probe issues and matters at hand rather than students who just memorize are the ones that will go on to invent new stuff, come up with new ways of doing things and shake the prevailing mindsets.
We must teach kids and students to think, dream and connect the dots instead of settling for just parroting us and what they read in the books.