K-12 Program, Why Many Filipino Students are Lack of Knowledge in Philippine History ~ Kwentology


There are many young Filipino students that are less informed about Philippine history and this issue has been attributed to the implementation of the K-12 program. Under the program, the subject "Philippine History" or "History of the Philippines" was removed in the new high school curriculum. Therefore, it was replaced with the Asian Studies for Grades 7 and 8.
Image of Epy Quizon as Mabini
Apparently, the K-12 limits the mindset of youth students to appreciate and recognize the importance of our history, especially the courageousness of our national heroes. To think that these young students were too surprised why Apolinario Mabini is sedentary; they are not aware Apolinario Mabini was infamous, dubbed as 'Dakilang Lumpo' and 'Utak ng Rebolusyon'.
Image of Student post asking why Mabini seated the whole time in Antonio Luna movie.
The removal of such field away from the new high school curriculum can dramatically lead to disadvantages such as;
  • Students will be having their hard time to identify themselves as Filipino, for history is the key in the first place.
  • The Philippine flag where lives and bloods of our heroes were sacrificed to achieve freedom.
  • Our countrymen from different tribes located in more than seven thousand islands in the Philippines.
These are just some of the pieces that history must regularly discuss to young student in their lessons.

Downside of K-12 Educational Program

The Department of Education (DepEd) implemented the K-12, this mainly focuses on 'international standard' rather than our own history. It is only fair that we are require to study the Asian, Western and World History. But the History of the Philippines being slashed away from the daily subject has a huge downside.

President Aquino already ordered the DepEd to aim their attention on the issue, it is clear that he, himself is concern about it. Officials of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) also expressed their concerns for the history of the Philippines being ignored. Even the Teachers Dignity Coalition (TDC) and other sectors made an appeal; preserve the Philippines History which apparently wiped by K-12.
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