K-12 provides in-depth discussion on Martial Law

The Department of Education (DepEd) remains committed in highlighting the importance of learning the lessons of history, and in the Philippine context, preserving the gains of democracy and understanding the impacts of Martial Law to the lives of Filipinos today.

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In a statement released yesterday, the DepEd emphasizes that, with the implementation of the K to 12 Program, curriculum guides for Grades 5 and 6 Araling Panlipunan have been designed to allow for more in-depth and enriched discussion on Philippine History, which will include the Martial Law period.

DepEd remains committed in highlighting the importance of learning the lessons of history, and in the Philippine context, preserving the gains of democracy and understanding the impacts of Martial Law to the lives of Filipinos today. The Department continues to promote critical thinking among Filipino learners, and to encourage them to examine and rediscover the importance of this historical marker in bringing Filipinos together to build a nation everyone deserves.

The Department of Education (DepEd) also clarifies that the K to 12 Araling Panlipunan textbook criticised for neglecting the history of abuses during Martial Law, which was published in 2009, is not a DepEd-issued textbook and is being used by private schools. It must be noted that private schools have their own screening and selection processes in choosing which textbooks they will acquire and use.