“Takte gender roles pa rin 2020 na???” a Fb good friend posted in all caps, punctuating the query with a vomit emoji.
He was referring to one more questionable Division of Schooling module that was making rounds on-line. On this exercise, known as “Male versus Feminine,” college students are requested to fill a Venn diagram to find out if the exercise listed is a male or feminine position.
“Write the roles performed by female and male within the area offered. Within the area the place the 2 circles meet, write the frequent roles performed by each. The place they don’t be a part of, write the precise roles.”
The record included: prepare dinner, kiss mother, kiss dad, again out of a battle, play with doll, journey a motorbike, babysit, sing in public, play baseball, dance, have lengthy hair, put on an earring, have tattoo, wash dishes, cry, put on jewellery, take ballet classes, be a part of rock band, clear the home, invite an individual on a date, change diaper, repair a damaged faucet.
Certainly this can be a joke proper? Or a trick query the place the scholars are anticipated to write down all these items within the overlapping part of the diagram?
Fortunately, the one that shared this web page included the hyperlink to the total module. I made a decision to have a look at it, hoping that I’d discover affirmation that it was a trick query.
As a substitute, I discovered exercise quantity 5, which asks college students to “draw the image for the male gender if the phrase states a typical position for males and draw the image for the feminine gender if it’s the typical position for ladies.”
The gadgets listed have been giving delivery, making a dwelling, fixing the damaged faucet (the one that wrote this module has a faucet fixation), doing family chores and serving to the youngsters with their homework.
Breadwinner and babysitter
Exercise 7, based on the module, will “enrich your vocabulary.” It asks college students to create a desk and write phrases related to the phrases “masculine” and “female.” For instance, beneath masculine, the module gave the phrase “breadwinner.” Underneath female, the module provided the phrase “babysitter.”
On web page 39, the module tries to redeem itself by saying, “Your intercourse position shouldn’t restrict your pursuits. You might be masculine and female and take part in occasions and professions which are normally chosen by individuals of just one intercourse. Healthful sexuality is being snug and contented (sic) along with your attitudes about your intercourse position.”
However on the very subsequent web page, there’s this train (we have now corrected the spelling errors, by the way in which) which asks college students to “Visualize and Study!”: “You can be given 5 minutes to shut your eyes and picture a state of affairs up to now the place kings and queens as soon as lived. Think about you’re the king (if male) or queen (if feminine). The queen is captured and desires rescuing from her captors. The king assumes the traditional position of a courageous king who rescues his queen, whereas the queen takes on the position of a meek and delicate queen who wants taking care of.”
And the following train: “Visualize a state of affairs of a typical Filipino household. Analyze and enumerate the roles being performed by the male family members (grandfather, father, male siblings) and the feminine family members (grandmother, mom, feminine siblings). Does it conform to the norms set by society?”
I want I can say these have been the one problematic sections of this module. However I discovered extra.
This, by the way in which, is the Well being Studying Module for Grade 8 college students of Negros Oriental.
‘My Abstinence Bag’
Exercise 19 is named “My Abstinence Bag.” It reads: “Abstinence is the very best resolution one could make in safeguarding sexual well being. On this exercise, record 5 gadgets that you just worth most in life and can allow you to say no to unhealthful practices. Clarify how this merchandise can encourage you to make the fitting selections.”
That is the instance the module gave: “Placing a household image in my abstinence bag can remind me of how I worth my family members and the way I wish to make them pleased with my achievements.”
(You realize what I’d put in my abstinence bag? This module. It makes me by no means wish to procreate so my imaginary offspring gained’t must do these actions.)
Extra knowledge on abstinence from this module: “Raquel doesn’t interact in sexual conduct as a result of she wish to defend her popularity and that of her household. She believes that dangerous sexual behaviors will solely convey her disgrace and guilt.”
After which there’s this (unedited) query the module asks college students: “How can ingesting alcohol results in STI HIV?”
There’s a bit of the module dedicated to discussing love and infatuation. It defines infatuation as “the state of being utterly carried away by unreasoning want” and love as “a choice to commit oneself to a different and to work by conflicts as an alternative of giving up. A deeper understanding or care.”
The signs of infatuation based on the module? “Urgency, depth, sexual want, nervousness, excessive threat decisions, reckless abandonment of what was as soon as valued.” The signs of affection? “Faithfulness, confidence. Willingness to make sacrifices for one more. Working at settling variations. In a position to compromise in order that both each win or a minimum of give the opposite individual’s opinion an opportunity.”
Based on this module, infatuation appears like “all consuming euphoria much like leisure drug use, stupidity, can threat the whole lot for the following hit of adrenaline” and calls it a “reckless dedication to fulfill one’s all consuming lust.”
‘You might be really in love’
The module additionally features a part on courtship, courting and marriage. One exercise asks college students to share their private experiences of courtship (and asks them to shut their eyes for a minute to “reminisce the previous”)—however aren’t eighth grade college students simply 13 or 14 years outdated?
The module praises the scholars for collaborating on this exercise with the phrases: “Glorious job! You might be really in love. Stick with it for the following exercise.”
Web page 88 asks college students, “In case you are engaged, which do you like, lengthy engagement or brief engagement interval? Clarify in entrance of the category.”
And after that exercise is that this be aware: “Wow! That may be very good. You might have excessive commonplace expectations.”
On the identical web page, college students are requested to attract their ultimate man or lady and write the traits they anticipate from them.
Based on the module, “Marriage is essentially the most fulfilling human relationship.” (I’m fairly certain my mother and father will disagree. Additionally, my most fulfilling relationship is having a canine—however that’s me.)
The module continues, “It’s the most vital occasion that will occur to your life.”
Web page 97 offers college students an instance of marriage ceremony vows. Then, they’re requested to write down their very own marriage vows. This DepEd module is asking 13- and 14-year-olds to write down their marriage vows. Why?
And I assumed it was ridiculous after we have been requested to plan our weddings in our Marriage and The Household class in faculty—however a minimum of we have been already 18 or 19 then. (I submitted only one sentence: “I don’t plan on getting married.”)
There’s a bit dedicated to being pregnant—together with quite a lot of warnings in opposition to teenage being pregnant. “The younger mom is extra more likely to be angered and disillusioned by a child’s calls for and should change into an abusive mum or dad,” one part reads.
College students are requested to have a look at two clipart drawings of pregnant girls to establish and differentiate a “skinny pregnant lady” from a “wholesome pregnant lady.”
Smaller vs. greater households
College students are requested to mirror on “Alisa’s Dilemma”: “Alisa is a 14-year-old woman who grew up within the province. When she was in grade eight, her aunt took her to Pasay to be a home helper within the morning and to review at night time within the close by public faculty. Whereas learning, she fell in love with certainly one of her classmates who’s older than her. They obtained married and lived within the squatter space of Baclaran. She obtained pregnant however as a result of her husband’s wage is beneath minimal wage she didn’t go to any clinic or hospital for prenatal check-up. She saved cash for the approaching of the child. She gave delivery in a public lying-in clinic to an underweight little one with a number of well being issues. Alisa and her husband obtained so scared about their little one’s situation.”
Grade 8 college students are additionally requested to create a one-week meal plan—breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks—for a pregnant lady and to justify it. They’re additionally requested to chop out footage of meals and paste them onto a paper plate. “Keep in mind that these meals are what a girl must be consuming throughout being pregnant,” the module reads.
The module presents the consequences of a smaller household versus a much bigger one. Based on the module, in a smaller household, there’s “extra parental consideration and love for the youngsters,” persons are “happier and extra emotionally secure,” smaller households are “financially secure,” give relations “extra time, power and cash left for different pursuits” and that youngsters from smaller households are typically “well-nourished, heavier, and more healthy.”
This module says that in greater households, “dietary consumption per member tends to be smaller, malnutrition tends to be greater,” youngsters are “deprived by way of bodily growth,” “susceptible to an infection and parasite infestations,” there’s “stiff competitors amongst siblings” and relations “train self-deprivation and sacrifice.”
One other part of the module is dedicated to alcohol consumption. It features a prolonged questionnaire asking college students about their expertise with alcohol. “Do you drink alcoholic drinks frequently? Have you ever ever had multiple glass or bottle of alcoholic drink in a two-hour interval? Do you get irritated or aggravated when folks discuss your ingesting? Do you drink till the provision is gone?”
On a few pages, there are teenage testimonials about alcohol. One reads: “I’m frightened that our nation is slowly turning into an ‘alcohol capital.’ If this continues, tourism within the nation will get weak. Our economic system will go down and we won’t be able to eradicate poverty.”
(Quite the opposite, one of many issues my international mates love about visiting the Philippines is how low-cost the beer is.)
The module teaches eight graders learn how to say no, which, I agree, is a vital talent to study. “You and your good friend are strolling dwelling from faculty. You come across an unopened can of beer on the street. Your good friend tells you to get the beer and drink it on the aspect. What must you do?”
In one other train known as “Bottles of Hope,” college students are requested to revamp bottles. “Are they alcohol bottles? Convert and design them into one thing else. Make them alcohol-free.”
However the fact is, after going by this module, I actually actually really feel like having a beer.