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They say, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. EDUC 190 has defied this statement throughout the course. Learning new techniques in classroom teaching will benefit the digital native students. Traditional classrooms out, techy classrooms in.


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Why Classes Should Start In September

(Source: http://www.aamu.edu/academics/academicresources/pages/academic-calendar.aspx)

The geographical location of the Philippines makes it considerably prone to typhoons, mostly around July, August and September. And this resulted to numerous disruptions of classes since classes start in June. The rainy season, as we witnessed/experienced ourselves, is really dangerous for everyone – there is flooding, landslides, etc. We wouldn’t want anyone to be harmed by this natural disasters, especially the students who go to school.

Shifting the start of the school year to a month where the typhoons barely visit the country is personally a good way to lessen the class disruptions caused by typhoons. It would also lessen the risks of getting the students harmed on the way. They might get stranded somewhere dangerous when the rain comes. Class disruptions would also affect the student learning significantly as the learning process will also be disrupted. Student tends to slack off during rainy days. Since the weather is wet and cold, students can’t go somewhere else, they’d rather stay in bed and studying is hardly an option.

(Source: http://thecontemplativecat.blogspot.com/2012/03/february-is-over.html)

Some might be worried that they won’t have their summer break anymore, but if you have noticed, the summer season has somewhat moved to May-June which means you won’t miss summer.

We are aware that the most crucial part is the implementation of the shift. Yes, there will be a four-month break next school year (given that they will really implement this next school year). But if you come to think of it, it will only be at the start. Everything else will follow and eventually we’ll get used to it just like how we got used to starting the school year in June. I agree that we should do something about the four-month break. Well, I don’t really have something in mind that would make us productive during this break. Maybe, “summer” alternative courses will do.

Surviving this world would mean you have to learn how to adapt to natural changes. How do you think the human race have survived different eras of extinction?

Amidst the conflicts, the effectiveness of the shift would depend on the people involved. It’s our own choice to make it effective or not. Either ways, we should all do our best to make things better for everyone, not just for yourselves.

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September? (Sorry, I don’t think it should be in August)

Vito CruzWell, for the recent past years since I came to college here in Metro Manila, I have never known of class suspensions lasting for a week. I took my high school studies in Davao and for the four years of being there I can only remember two suspension of classes because of heavy rains. And they were even separate instances. The only times we get “holidays” is during the feast days of Saints. But it is completely different here in Quezon City. And in fact, worse in Manila. When the rains pour, the streets literally become Taft ocean, PGH river and Orosa stream altogether. It is unhealthy to wade in these waters. It is also a very awful experience. And most teachers from the university just conduct make-up classes anyway when suspensions occur so it really becomes a burden for both the students and professors in the end. The content of the subjects (again this is Manila though) are also already very condensed, make-up classes become very unwelcome news to students.

sync1But okay, the primary reason why the U.P. administration is moving the start of classes is to be in sync with schools internationally, so perhaps that’s what I should focus more unto. Though first, I think we should go astray a little to be able to come to that point. Let us dwell on “change”. This news of changing the month when classes should start has been received quite overwhelmingly by people, some negatively and some positively. That is quite natural, I guess. It’s change. Of anything in the world that will be received most uncomfortably, it will probably be this one. So whether the proposal will be implemented (immediately) or not, I think we should be more open on its possible adaptation (in the near future). We are inevitably heading to the future, and since the last generation, people have been trying to be connected globally. What could be more efficient if we will be able to follow the same academic year as most other countries do?

habagatYet (going a little farther again but this time actually local) there is a question raised by Teacher Noel awhile ago regarding harvesting season… whenever I watch the television reports regarding the damages incurred by typhoons, farmers (and fishermen) are always one (two) of the topmost affected people in the country. So even though our classes still start in June (like what we currently have), their crops will still be devastated starting July, when Hanging Habagat starts to be intensified too by the storms. I think the harvesting season and the primary means of living by the Filipino masses is an issue that is related to the time when classes should start, but it is also much more complicated to be reduced into something which has a direct relationship to it.

Why Classes Should Start in August

There have been talks about this proposal before, and ever since I heard about it, I actually don’t know what side should I be. Honestly speaking, either the regular classes start in June or August, I do not really know how it will affect me (since all year around, I am studying – yes, even summer :(). However, looking at the larger picture, I can say that the proposal of shifting the start of classes from June to August would provide beneficial effects not only to teachers, but to students as well.

As cited in the Yahoo! News Philippines article, the proposal will make the University schedule in-sync with the ASEAN and other foreign universities, thereby giving opportunities to teachers and other faculty members to attend conferences, seminars, and even enroll to short courses offered abroad. This is something that these educators cannot do since our schedule is not the same with other countries. Since the professors are handling classes in our university, they cannot simply leave their teaching posts to seek for post-graduate courses. And if anyone’s asking, “Why can’t they just leave their work if they wish to study further?”, it is because we cannot simply afford to send off our competent professors without the quality of education in the university being affected.

Suspensions brought by typhoons and other calamities are no longer a issue here, since natural disasters like these are unpredictable (meaning, they do not visit the country based on a ‘fixed’ schedule). Also, due to global warming, the traditional June-September season for typhoons is not really prominent now.

As a student, the shift may be difficult, since it is the first time it will be implemented (if ever it is approved). However, like any other periods of transition, these difficulties are addressed through time. University breaks will be changed, as well as other events (including Eduk Month which kicks-off in July). Other events and other instances outside UP such as licensure examinations, or works that are related with the traditional June-March schedule (like schools) will surely be affected, too, but all these concerns can be addressed given the right consultation from the different bodies involved.

Students may argue that they will no longer have “summer” breaks, but given the weather conditions in the country as of the moment where climate status is usually “hot” and “hotter” (kidding! :P), how different would it be if the breaks are now in June and July instead of the usual April and May?

It may be a tough and rocky road for its implementation and synchronization to all the schools in the country right now, but deliberations and public consultations should be made. The June-March paradigm may be considered an institution as of this moment, but still, all things are subjected to change, given the proper rationale for it.

Here are some links that can help you understand the proposal:




What do you think? Share your insights! 🙂

Why classes should start in September

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Photo by: bonarae via flickr.com

It has been in the news nowadays in the media, newspapers like Facebook, and other blogs that there will be possible changes in the academic calendar especially in the University of the Philippines.

As I read the proposal regarding the shift of the start of classes in the my University, I was very shocked. I saw the proposal entitled “Proposal no. 2 UP AY 2013-2014” the start of classes indicated is August 07. All I could think about is that how could the government, or the Department of Education can arrange this kind of schedule, and especially to the students and teachers, how could we keep up with this if we are going to implement it. It is too sudden to change it next year already I think that it has not been thought thoroughly by the people who will implement it.

I say that indeed we should change it, but then again we should shift it not in August but in September, the first and foremost reason for that is the environment for sure if it will be August there will still be a lot of classes suspension since the rainy season is not yet over, so I think that it will be better if we move it one month forward. I could list some pros and cons to why we should consider starting the Academic Year in September in general.


  • The Academic Year as I said earlier will have less suspension since the rainy season then is over.
  • We will up to date with other countries, it is for globalization purposes, attending conferences and other academic meetings will be easier for us since we will have the same calendar as other countries.
  • The semestral break coincides with the Christmas break. There will be no more gaps between the classes.


  • Students will have to attend classes during our summer season and let’s face it our country is a tropical country and when it is summer it is very hot. Not all schools have air-conditions in their classrooms and what more if they have uniforms that are “bulky” hot and it will be very uncomfortable for them and it will be very hard to concentrate in their studies.
  • There are many “celebrations” that we have in school that will not be celebrated if the start is September, just like the “Nutrition Month” which celebrated every July, the school won’t be able celebrate it even though it is one of most important events that should be celebrated, School is where we learn these things if we are not at home.
  • If we implement it next year, it means that we will have a 4 month vacation since there will be no classes during June and July, that is a big change and I think that time will be wasted.

I think that people who thought of this is considering Globalization as a major factor in shifting the schedule, they are also considering practical reasons like our climate having numerous typhoons every July and August which duly affects the classes. I agree with them but honestly I think that it is too soon and that the consequences of this change should also be taken into consideration.

So what do you think? Do you agree? Feel free to comment 🙂

Why classes should start in August

Well, mid-August for that matter. Classes in the Philippines normally start in June. Two of the reason why the author supports the shifting of terms will be presented below 🙂

Due to the its geographical location, the Philippines is known to be a typhoon-infested country.

heeeeyClick this article to see a timeline of the Philippines worst typhoons.

As you can see, most heavy typhoons start on August. Also, it is getting progressively earlier. Like for 2009 it was September, this 2013 it’s early August. I bet that it well be late July for 2014. We are also troubled by the monsoons and the trade winds.

Shifting the semester makes the breaks go well with our holidays. Instead of October and March, it’s now December and May.

Schools will save more time and resources due to this 🙂 Less make-up classes, extensions and planned schedules can actually be followed more closely.

However, these are the exact reasons why students wouldn’t like to shift the start of classes.

They’ll miss all the goodness a summer vacation will bring. Most airline and travel promos are good for our previous semestral breaks.

Girl_at_beach_window_by_Ton_K300Also, in the Philippines, aside from the semestral breaks, we also have summer breaks, holy week breaks and holiday breaks. If the new shift will accomodate the holiday breaks into the semestral breaks, it lessens the amount of ‘free’ days they have.

One last thing, sudden class suspensions are a breather to some students since it moves their exams and requirement deadlines.

Why Classes Should Start in June

There is a proposal for UP System classes to start in August in order to synchronize their programs and events with those of the universities from its global academic partners. This shift of classes from June-March to August-May gathered a lot of reactions from students especially those from UP itself. I myself was a bit surprised by this proposal. I thought about it for days, and upon pondering about the advantages and disadvantages of this proposal, I came to a conclusion that starting classes in June is still better than starting it in August. Here are the reasons why I think this proposal shouldn’t be approved:UP Diliman Quezon City (1)

-We may be able to synchronize our calendar with those of international universities, but we will lose synchronization of programs with the local universities.

-Graduates of UP would then have to wait too long to take licensure and board exams.

-Conducting classes during summer is really not a good idea. I myself cannot think well when it is hot. A lot of communicable diseases also occur during summer (ex. sore eyes).

-For Educ majors, it would be hard to find time to conduct field works among schools outside the campus, for these schools start their classes in June.

-Shifting classes would also shift school vacation. I personally don’t want my vacation time to be different from my friends’ and family members’ from other universities. Visiting one’s province alone is clearly no fun. 🙂