Our school recently implemented the New Grading System that DepEd required Philippine schools to follow (DepEd Order No. 73, Series of 2012) .
It’s a bit confusing because it is no longer like the old grading system where the grade rank is self explanatory (e.g. A is obviously higher than F). Now, instead of F for Failing grades, the lowest possible grade a student can get is B.
In order to understand it better, I summarized what I understood of the grading system in the infographic above for easy reference.
The DepEd decided to implement this in order to force parents and students to concentrate less on competition and more on the depth of understanding and ability for children to apply what they learn to daily life.
That’s not the only change the school has made.
Now, instead of sitting and memorizing notes, my daughter is tasked to make up their own songs to help them remember the details. My daughter and her friends make news reports to improve their grammar.
My son’s Math classes are composed of contests and games. He made a book about tourism to learn about Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Now, the weight of the grades from projects like this are much higher than the weight of the quizzes.
They do have a little more fun in class because they are no longer sitting down fighting valiantly to stay awake during the lessons. They also come home with fewer assignments as most of the work should be done in class where the teachers can supervise.
However, there are some causes for concern.
It’s actually harder for us parents to predict what grade our children will come home with because the grades are now based on more dynamic projects and presentations on top of the standard quizzes and exams. Some parents are also complaining that the grade basis is a little subjective.
My personal concern is one day, my daughter came home and said that they have a pass fail system so a 75% grade in their assessments actually gets the same points as a 100%. All they need to do is pass. My daughter is the go-getter in the family, she normally aims for a perfect score. But she’s also smart and when she heard that she realized she didn’t have to try as hard to get the same result.
Doesn’t that seem to foster (and reward) mediocrity? This is especially true of the public schools where multiple failing grades doesn’t stop you from progressing to the next grade level.
Hubby S and I had to have a talk with our kids about doing our best and the benefit of not settling for the minimum to counter it.
On the bright side, the changes made by DepEd in the K+12 system does have some good points.
Grade 11 and Grade 12 children in our school will be learning subjects from the Business and Arts Tracks like Journalism, Accounting, Basic Law and other career based lessons which will help the children get a better understanding of what they want to become and guide them in choosing their college courses.
What do you guys think about all the changes? I would love to hear your opinions especially the people who are teachers.