CITY—Now that the Department of Education has admitted that the
country’s level of education is at its ebb, the best thing it must do,
according to local educators and parents, is to sit and gaze at its
“You cannot improve the level of education if you do not
have a scientific basis on how children want you to teach them and how
they learn,” said educator Henry Tenedero during a recent
parents-teachers’ conference here.
“We need to know the
environment conducive to each student before we can teach them,” he
said. “It may sound expensive but knowing this actually saves money.”
Bridging the gap
Tenedero, parents and educators from Bataan
and Tarlac and the cities of Balanga in Bataan, San Fernando in
Pampanga, and Baguio are set to test 50,000 pupils on the International
Learning Styles (ILS).
The ILS, which reviews the learning
environments conducive to individual learners, is already being used in
Brunei, New Zealand and some European countries to test the learning
styles of their students, Tenedero said.
Joel Guileb, an education supervisor in Tarlac, said it was about time that DepEd shifted its focus on the students.
have been espousing child-centered education and we have been talking
about it for so long but in reality, we are still teacher-centered,” he
“There is a gap between the way we teach and how the students learn. Learning styles appear to close the gap,” he said.
said the four-page ILS questionnaire would determine what kind of
sound, light, temperature and design or setting environments each
student finds conducive for learning. The questionnaire would also
consider emotional, social and physiological factors.
designed by Letty Asuzano, former director of the Center of Educational
Measurements, and was suited for Asian norms, he said.
survey will be the biggest of its kind in the Philippines. It will
assess the individual learning style profile as well as the class, year
level and school profiles.
Manolo Ibanez, a DepEd educational
supervisor in San Fernando, said the survey would help teachers because
it would give them the type of training they really needed.
officials and administrators of provincial schools, colleges and
universities, in a meeting last month with President Macapagal-Arroyo
here, said the educational system was in a very bad shape and needed an
Foremost among the problem, they said, were the very low reading, writing and comprehension skills of students.
Arroyo promised to set aside P500 million to retrain teachers in
English proficiency to address the declining quality of education.
Tenedero said learning styles assessment was crucial before such improvements were introduced.
said the educators planned to tap the congressional educational funds
of the pilot areas (Tarlac and Bataan, and the cities of Balanga, San
Fernando and Baguio) so there would be no cost for the students and
Noel de la Rosa, president of the Federation of
Parents-Teachers’ Associations in Bataan, described the survey as
“Knowing the learning styles of their children,
the parents are no longer just observers but stakeholders in their
education,” he said.