Six years and counting...
I'm looking at the stuff I wrote earlier, and found this in my little storage box of goodies:
Reflections on my first year of teaching
I have a dream…
I applied and entered the UP Open University last year with a dream in mind: to help upgrade and uplift science and technology education in our country. It was therefore with great enthusiasm that I accepted the faculty post as Assistant Professor in the Diploma in Science Teaching Program. I believe that joining the University, with its wealth of human intellectual resources and forward-looking people, I can now take concrete steps toward making this dream a reality.
My position in UPOU has given me valuable insights in the current state of science education. Moreover, it allows me to directly interact with science teachers who are at the heart of the matter:
“Analysis points to the science teachers as a good target for halting this downward spiral of educational decay. Empowering and enabling the teachers to tackle teaching science everyday with an everyday setting is important. Materials which can engage the students in exploring their natural environments, understanding indigenous phenomena, and relate science with other subjects (history, geography, and culture) which will allow students to see how science may be applied to everyday life.”
SciHigh proposal, written June 2004.
My first year in the UP Open University has shown me the depth of the problem. However, UPOU, through DE, has also shown me the wellspring of potential, and the hope that this problem could be solved.