Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Universal Kindergarten Is Now A Law

During a press conference last February 27, 2012 at Malacañang Palace, that Republic Act 10157 is now a law. RA 10157 is also called Universal Kindergarten Law meaning that the Department of Education will institutionalize basic education and will be implemented in public schools.

Bro. Armin Luistro, Secretary of Education, emphasize that "quality education is for all children and no one should be left behind." Preschool education is just as important as school education because it builds up the foundations of learning. According to Bro. Armin, education is the key that leads to a strong society.

This is what the President and the DepEd Secretary envisioned that all public schools will have their own kindergarten by 2016 and people will be given opportunity to have their children take kindergarten classes regardless of income. In addition to that, the students will be equipped with knowledge of math, science and the mother tongue depending on the provincial dialect of the school's location.

 This just shows how important kindergarten schooling to everyone because this molds how we see life. No one says is better than Robert Fulghum. His book title says it all. I quote, "All I need to know in life, I learn in Kindergarten". According to Fulghum, you learn wisdom not in a graduate school but in the the pile of sand in a kindergarten sandbox. These lessons in life are, sharing, playing fair, don't hit people(this also applies in bullying), cleanliness, "Don't take things that aren't yours", "saying sorry...", washing hands before eating, "flush", "live a balanced life", "When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together", "Gold fish, hamsters, white mice and even the little seed in the tin can. They all die and so do we", and lastly, "...remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first work you learn: LOOK".

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