Life So Mundane in Batangas
Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts

04 April 2016

The Ball Pen Spinning Skill Students Used to Have

When I first started teaching high school at La Salle here in Lipa back in 1982, there was something that students did that fascinated me no end. This was the skill of spinning their ball pens with their fingers.


16 March 2016

Batangas Schools Rankings in Licensure Results by Course

Up until the nineties, if a family could afford it, the first consideration when a child was graduating from high school was always which school in Metro Manila. There were colleges and universities in Batangas; but the general perception – whether valid or not, I leave it to the reader to decide – was that these schools could not match up to those in the capital.


11 August 2015

Schools and the Value of a Robust Sports Program

Image credit:  De La Salle Lipa.

One of the varsity players in the school where I used to work is now employed by another school also in this province; and one of the things he frequently likes to let off steam about is the utter lack of a sports culture in the school where he is now employed.


02 August 2015

Resolving the Sto. Niño Parochial School v Krisel Mallari Row

Image captured from YouTube video.

I am sure that most of you will to varying degrees be familiar with the case of this high school salutatorian by the name of Krisel Mallari who was restrained by officials from criticising her school, the Sto. Niño Parochial School, while she was delivering the salutatory remarks during the commencement exercises last summer.


09 July 2015

Game of Thrones, Fact in Fiction

Image captured from Game of Thrones trailer on YouTube.

I taught high school World History for 17 years; and these days, I often wonder what I could have done inside the classroom if I had the sort of media that everyone takes so for granted these days.


04 July 2015

Batangas Schools Offering Senior High School

As a service to the public, Life So Mundane makes available lists of Private and Public Schools in Batangas that will be offering Senior High School under the Department of Education's K-12 Program. The lists have been culled from the Department of Education's official web site and valid as of 3 August 2015 for both private schools and public schools. The characters have been cut and pasted from the original MS Excel files downloadable from the Department of Education web site. Thus, any clerical errors, if any, are from the original document.

17 May 2015

Costs of College Education: Comparing University Tuition Rates

The tuition I first paid to De La Salle University-Manila back in 1975 when I enrolled as a freshman was PHP 1,200. In those days, that was a lot of money that my parents had to scrounge for just to send me to the university.


12 May 2015

PHL Universities Ranking 2015: How DLSL and Other La Salle Schools Fared

The Philippine Universities Ranking 2015 was undertaken by the web site based on the last four board examinations. The ranking was based on a weighted board exams ranking arrived at by first determining how each higher education institution fared in each board exams then aggregating all these rankings.


Thoughts on the Impending K-12 Education Program

…and probably due to Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV et al. and their attempts to have the Supreme Court prevent the implementation of the K-12 Basic Education Program, said K-12 program trended on Twitter, albeit briefly, last Wednesday night. The online discussion was lively; even if understandably tending to lean against the program’s implementation.


30 November 2014

Between a Thesis and a UAAP Football Dream

Just a few weeks back, I was speaking to one of the boys who played for the last high school team that I coached. We were both excited that, on his last year in college, he has finally broken into his university’s varsity football team.

He was fairly certain at the time that he would be in the line-up for Season 77 of the UAAP. Because I had heard that this season’s UAAP football tournament would be getting decent television coverage, I told him that I was looking forward to watching him play on TV.

Because the UAAP Men’s Football Tournament was scheduled to commence yesterday, I went to the Internet to try and see if I could find a schedule of the games’ television coverage online. I could not.


24 October 2014

Examining the STC-Cebu Bikini Case Supreme Court Decision

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Having once been in Education, I had more than just a passing interest in a Supreme Court decision that was given decent coverage by the evening news yesterday. For the benefit of readers who had not previously heard or had forgotten about the incident, in 2012 the St. Theresa’s College of Cebu barred several high school seniors from attending the commencement exercises.

According to reports, the students had posted pictures of themselves on Facebook which the school subsequently deemed as lewd, obscene or immoral. The students were subsequently prevented by security guards from entering the campus to attend the commencement exercises.

If I understand things correctly from news reports, the students were allowed to graduate but just not allowed to attend the commencement exercises. If this was the case, then the school’s decision was, in fact, a win-win situation for the school and the students. Perhaps, then, the better option for the students – and their parents – would have been to cut down on their losses, accept the school’s decision and move on from there.


13 March 2014

Why I Think Cadet Cudia Did Not Lie

Being as it is that I was raised in a military family and that many of my connections likewise have military backgrounds, I had naturally seen the numerous posts on social media about the recent disciplinary case that Cadet Jeff Aldrin Cudia of the Philippine Military Academy had to face.

Despite my military upbringing, I have always been a civilian at heart. That said, because of my upbringing, I do have a fairly good grasp of the quirks that those in uniform carry with them. This is something that I am candid enough to say is one of the reasons why I have chosen a civilian rather than a military life.

I do have the highest respect for the military establishment and that is the reason why I had been a silent observer from the time the Cudia case broke into the national consciousness. The military has its ways.


07 March 2014

La Salle and Ateneo: Crossing into the Light

You have got to be not from this galaxy to NOT know that there is this thing called the Ateneo-La Salle rivalry. So, alright! The rivalry has deteriorated these days to the level when it has become even embarrassingly polite.

I mean, if you had watched last Wednesday’s UAAP women’s volleyball finals, then you would have seen people wearing various shades of green and blue sitting right next to each other enjoying the game.

Like members of an extended family enjoying a picnic.

Suffice it to say that the rivalry was not always so convivial. Time was when one could get a Vhong Navarro for wearing the wrong colour shirt in the wrong colour place.


11 December 2013

Philippine Schoolyear to Start in August?

One of the hottest topics in the news these days is that several of the country’s top universities are seriously considering adjusting their school calendars for an August instead of June opening of the school year. The primary reason being put forth is to be synchronised with the rest of ASEAN.

Of the organisation’s member countries, the primetime news reported last night, only the Philippines and Thailand start the schoolyear in June. The rest open in August as is also the case in many western countries.

This development has again triggered the debate about whether it makes more sense to move the entire Philippine educational system into an August rather than June opening. The primary argument by proponents of this move is that an August opening avoids the height of the rainy season.


13 October 2013

The DotA Van

Marvin, Gabe. George and Alex (not their real names, but naturally) are four typical high school seniors. That is, too smart for their own good!

And so, intramurals week was drawing to a close, none of the four was involved in any of the remaining games and each was being eaten alive by the scourge of all teenagers: boredom.

As is wont to happen when a group of bored teenagers come together, one is always bound to have a brainstorm; and that the brainstorm will be a good one is not always the case.

“Why don’t we,” the one with the sudden inspiration suddenly asked the others, “leave the campus to play DotA?”


08 May 2013

A Lasallian Standing Ovation for the Bedans

Although I seldom ever was a willing basketball participant, the rest of my family was into basketball and I understand and can even appreciate the game. In fact, in college, I was a habitué of the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

I went to watch the Green Archers, naturally; albeit, in all honesty, I probably went more for the fun in the bleachers rather than the basketball. Then again, so did most everyone else.

I started watching the Archers while still a freshman in college. It was not a good year to be in green, however. The Lim Em Beng era had already concluded and a Steve Watson-led Ateneo was preponderant over the rest of the NCAA.


30 April 2013

How to Choose a College Degree Program

It’s that time of the year again when young people fresh out of high school, if they haven’t done so already, really should be making their minds up about what degree programs to enrol in for college. Strange as it may sound, because schools do have their batteries of career guidance examinations and career development programs, but it is not unusual for young people already due to enrol in college to still remain clueless about the careers that they wish to carve for themselves.

This is not always the case, granted; and, indeed, there are those who make their minds up even when they are still in elementary school. That said, just as many don’t; and not that there is anything extraordinatry about this. In fact, neither is it uncommon for students already midway through college to change their minds about the programs that they are enrolled in.

I worked in a school for almost three decades and invariably came across many young people who found it a right proper dilemma trying to make their minds up about what college programs to pursue. My advice has always been remarkably simple:


17 March 2013

Not Worth a Teenage Suicide

The recent suicide of University of the Philippines-Manila student Kristel Tejada after being advised to take a leave of absence for non-payment of dues offers real food for thought for educators around the country. Whoever the school administrator was who forced the young freshman to take the LOA, I am sure, must be having sleepless nights; and I would not want to be in his or her shoes.

I have had many similar cases referred to me by the finance office during my tenure in executive management. It goes without saying that upper management will not really know an aweful lot about individual students’ payment records.

Thus, whatever decisions had to be made regarding students who were having problems settling dues were always also based upon information that the finance people themselves fed back to my office.


13 March 2013

Half a Football Field at DLSU

First, it was honey I shrank the football field. Then many, many years later in the David Copperfield era, it was as though the master of illusion himself played the trick of his life and made the football field disappear altogether.

But I get ahead of the story...

When I was a college freshman back in 1975, DLSU still had a decent-sized football field. The goal at the western end of the field, as a matter of fact, was located almost at the edge of the walkway that people used to get from the gym to the college cafeteria.


26 February 2013

Teenage Pregnancy in a Catholic School

Catholic schools in this country as a matter of course are as conservative in outlook as the Church to which they belong. The degree of each school's conservatism is, to a certain extent, dictated by the religious orders that operate each school.

Suffice it to say that whatever the degree of a Catholic school's conservatism, there is in most likelihood going to be a very strongly worded statement in the student handbook against premarital sex along with the accompanying sanctions if a student is proven to have engaged in such.

Most, if not all, Catholic schools consider premarital sex as among the offences considered 'grave;' and in most likelihood will be punishable with dismissal or expulsion - or, in less diplomatic school parlance, the 'kick out.'




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