TERESITA TANHUECO-TUMAPON

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THE time-old threefold function of higher education is research, instruction and extension. In Philippine state colleges and universities, production has been added as a fourth function.  All these functions are supposedly tied up together, each, in the service of the other for higher education to be truly a potent provider…

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THE 1986 People Power or EDSA is an event all our own as it was too, for me in a personal way. Millions of Filipinos gathered at the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) February 22 to 25 “filling the capital’s main artery . . .and begin a new era marked…

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LAST week we described “Memorandum of Agreement/Understanding” as “formal agreements between two or more parties to establish official partnerships, expressing mutual accord on an issue . . .” and “not legally binding but . . . carry a degree of seriousness and mutual respect, stronger than a gentlemen’s agreement.” <https://www.google.com/search?q=what+is+a+memo…

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WEB references define globalization more often in a business context – such as “the tendency of businesses, technologies, or philosophies to spread throughout the world, or the process of making this happen.” Sometimes referred to as a globality, the global economy is characterized as “a totally interconnected marketplace, unhampered by…

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HAVING written on grading systems focused on letter marks, we take up the topic of rubrics. A rubric is a facility or tool which helps us arrive at what grade or mark we shall give to a student for a specific outcome within a particular timeframe. Searching the web for…

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SUMMER studies in Tokyo brought me to “one of the world’s most efficient public transportation systems. Spotless, quiet and nearly always on time,” Tokyo’s network of buses, taxis, bullet and city trains, and tube/sub-ways are comfortable. Japanese cartography and accurate schedules provide commuters a safe guide to destinations. No need…

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LAST week, we wrote on the various forms of grading systems focusing on the Pass/Not Pass system. Grading system forms can be in percentages (75%, 90%, etc.), letters (A, B+, etc), numbers (5, 4, etc.) or adjectives (Superior, Average, etc.) — each form in the service of the other forms.…

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REPORTING student learning by using a grading system is not a holiday. As has been said many times over, evaluating can never be objective. Nevertheless, every teacher wants to be fair and objective. Shall we say then that we teachers TRY as much as possible to be “accurate” — that…

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THE discussions during the two-day 27th symposium of the Northern Mindanao Consortium of Aquatic and Agricultural Research and Development (NOMCAARRD) in early December 2015, made it obvious that our appreciation of nature could indeed take a turn for the worst. When we like certain plant varieties, we go to great…

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