Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gates Foundation, Common Core, and K-12: Why is "gender" in IRR but not in Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013?

Many of the points here were already discussed before in the Pinoy Templars article written by Elisa Sangalang: From God to Gay: DepEd Worships at the Altar of Gender Sensitivity.  But I think there is still room for highlighting certain things, such as the connection of K-12 with Common Core, Gender, and the Gates Foundation.

A. COMPARING THE TWO DOCUMENTS: WHY IS GENDER HERE?

Let's copy the standards and principles of the basic education curriculum as stated in the Republic Act No. 10533, also known as the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013:
  • (a) The curriculum shall be learner-centered, inclusive and developmentally appropriate; 
  • (b) The curriculum shall be relevant, responsive and research-based; 
  • (c) The curriculum shall be culture-sensitive; 
  • (d) The curriculum shall be contextualized and global; 
  • (e) The curriculum shall use pedagogical approaches that are constructivist, inquiry-based, reflective, collaborative and integrative; 
  • (f) The curriculum shall adhere to the principles and framework of Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) which starts from where the learners are and from what they already knew proceeding from the known to the unknown; instructional materials and capable teachers to implement the MTB-MLE curriculum shall be available; 
  • (g) The curriculum shall use the spiral progression approach to ensure mastery of knowledge and skills after each level; and 
  • (h) The curriculum shall be flexible enough to enable and allow schools to localize, indigenize and enhance the same based on their respective educational and social contexts. The production and development of locally produced teaching materials shall be encouraged and approval of these materials shall devolve to the regional and division education units.
Now, let us copy the same standards and principles as stated in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013:

  • (a) The curriculum shall be learner-centered, inclusive and developmentally appropriate; 
  • (b) The curriculum shall be relevant, responsive and research-based; 
  • (c) The curriculum shall be gender- and culture-sensitive; 
  • (d) The curriculum shall be contextualized and global; 
  • (e) The curriculum shall use pedagogical approaches that are constructivist, inquiry-based, reflective, collaborative and integrative; 
  • (f) The curriculum shall adhere to the principles and framework of Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education (MTB-MLE) which starts from where the learners are and from what they already know proceeding from the known to the unknown; instructional materials and capable teachers to implement the MTB-MLE curriculum shall be available. For this purpose, MTB-MLE refers to formal or non-formal education in which the learner’s mother tongue and additional languages are used in the classroom; 
  • (g) The curriculum shall use the spiral progression approach to ensure mastery of knowledge and skills after each level; and 
  • (h) The curriculum shall be flexible enough to enable and allow schools to localize, indigenize and enhance the same based on their respective educational and social contexts.
There is one sentence that is in the original act but not in the IRR: 
The production and development of locally produced teaching materials shall be encouraged and approval of these materials shall devolve to the regional and division education units.
This is just an explanatory sentence for the (h) statement.  On the other hand, there is also one sentence that is in the IRR but not in the original act:
For this purpose, MTB-MLE refers to formal or non-formal education in which the learner’s mother tongue and additional languages are used in the classroom; 
 This is also just an explanatory sentence to the (f) statement.  But the insertion of "gender-" before "culture-sensitive" in (c) is not an explanatory word or phrase but a totally different concept. "Gender" does not explain "culture" but is co-equal with it.

B. GATES FOUNDATION, COMMON CORE, AND K-12 CURRICULUM

Who would dare insert "gender" here? Surely there is a hidden agenda why this word was surreptitiously inserted? Let me guess by connecting the dots:

1. Gates Fundation, the Common Core and K-12
  • Noynoy Aquino met Bill Gates in 2003 in Seattle
  • The Gates Foundation supported Pres. Noynoy Aquino in his push for the approval of the Reproductive Health law, as the letter of Melinda Gates to Pres. Aquino shows. The Gates Foundation pushed for the Common Core in the US.  Though its grants, the Gates Foundation effectively bought organizations, legislators, universities, and even governments of US States to promote the Common Core. There is really so much money involved.  The last count is USD 200 million. 
  • The Philippine K-12 is eerily similar to the Common Core. Actually, according to the press release of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the K-12  standards in US is part of the Common Core Standards Initiative. Same name suggests the same origin. 
  • Bro. Luistro of DepEd and Alan Goson of the Gates Foundation were among the speakers in the 2011 New York conference sponsored by the Philippine Development Foundation: "Accessing the Global Markets through Science and Technology: Innovations in Education"
  • John Silva works with DepEd through the Synergeia Foundation by training people on how to get funds from grant-giving bodies such as the Gates Foundation.
  • The Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 was approved in May 15, 2013.  Its IRR was approved in Sep 13, 2013. 
From these data, we can guess that it is the Gates Foundation which funded the promotion of K-12 in the Philippines.

2. Gates Foundation, RH Law, DepEd, and Gender
  • The word "gender" was inserted in the IRR of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013.
  • John Silva who works with DepEd by training people how to get grants from the Gates Foundation is also a gay lobbyist, being a Director of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Community HIV Project in San Francisco in 1992.
  • Dina Joana Saltiva Ocampo-Cristobal was appointed in 2013 as Acting Undersecretary of the Department of Education. She also became Undersecretary of Programs and Projects.  She is the one who pushed the K-12 Educational Reform. She is also pro-Reproductive Health law supporter.
  • The Reproductive Health Law is littered with concepts such as "gender equality", "gender equity", and "gender and development".  
  • The RH Law also pushed for sex education.
  • The Gates Foundation does not support gender neutral projects: "The foundation does not support these types of projects because women can be further marginalized if their concerns and needs are not explicitly factored into the program design."  That's why the buzzwords in the Gates Foundation are "gender-aware", "gender-responsive", "gender-transformative", "gender-based", etc.
  • Gender advocacy of the Gates Foundation is connected with its LGBT advocacy.  The Chief Operating Officer of the Gates Foundation is Leigh Morgan, "a strong advocate for civic engagement, her community involvement focuses on promoting LGBT, racial and gender equity, supporting effective cross-sector solutions to complex issues, and economic development."
  • The Gates Foundation gave USD 500,000 for same-sex marriage.
  • The Gates Foundation gave USD 100,000 for the development of a better condom to make safe sex more pleasurable.  
From these we can conclude that the Gates Foundation funded the promotion of the RH Law, so that it can make sex education compulsory.  This would create a consumer market for condoms that the Gates Foundation will also develop. Meanwhile, the Gates Foundation also supported the overhaul of the K-12 educational system, and in the process of confusion, introduced the "gender" agenda in the curriculum.  Gender here does not only mean the promotion of women's access to education and jobs, but also the promotion of the LGBT rights as well.  What the Gates Foundation wants is to highjack the educational system in order to produce students inculcated in the values of the 21st century, and those values include "safe and satisfying sex" for the young--men, women, and the LGBT.  This is a diabolical plan for world domination: control the future by making the young lose their reason regarding sex and become brutish beasts (c.f. Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar's funeral).  St. Paul describes this best:
Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. 11 Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.g 12 For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.h (Eph 6:10-12)
C. RECOMMENDATION

DepEd, CHEd, and TESDA must remove the word "gender" in the IRR of the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013, because it is not found in the standards of the original act:

  • Present form:  (c) The curriculum shall be gender- and culture-sensitive; 
  • Proposed Revision: (c) The curriculum shall be culture-sensitive;

 The Gates Foundation may remove funding for the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 because of the removal of the word "gender". If the Gates Foundation has never supported or will never support DepEd, CHEd, and TESDA to promote K-12, then these institutions has nothing to worry by the removal of the word.
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