Fetalvero: Spelling it out

AN INTERNATIONAL survey revealed that Filipino students lag behind in Math, Science and Reading, second from the bottom among more than 300 countries’ students that were part of the survey. It was our Department of Education (DepEd) that requested for the study. Given the poor performance, DepEd will have its hands full turning around this bleak academic discovery.

DepEd noted low ratings by our Filipino students; Children engrossed on the use of gadgets have affected their academic performance.

Science, Math and Reading are major subjects that are very crucial in the child’s development and future endeavors. Our educators should stress their importance in their day-to-day lives.

A scientific mind investigates, analyzes, conducts researches and is aggressive in gathering and pursuing data. Calculation and appreciation of numbers gives a person an edge when it comes to determining check and balance. Since Math is an exact science, he readily accepts a given outcome. Math prepares our students for pursuing careers in Engineering, Architecture, Economics and Business Management.

Comprehension and retention are the benefits one derives from reading. A wide reader not only widens his knowledge but also widens his vocabulary. Whatever is learned from reading becomes a springboard for discussion. The habit of reading gives a person a variety of information thus, equipping him to have a better analysis of situations. It likewise modifies his outlook. Reading improves one’s ability to spell words correctly.

An entertainment program dubbed “It’s Showtime” on ABS-CBN has a segment wherein audience participation is required. Those participating are asked to spell very simple words and given cash when they are able to give the correct spelling. It is sad to note that there are quite a number who are unable to give the correct spelling. This must be due to the fact that Filipinos have not developed the habit of reading.

I will once more quote former United States First Lady Barbara Bush who said: “From grades one to five we learn to read. From grade six onward, we read to learn.”


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