MYTHBUSTED: THE GA STEREOTYPE
by Vianca Perez
We often hear people say, "Jack of all trades, but a master of none" about a person that has a lot of skills but is not really proficient at any of them. Unsurprisingly, this is the common perception of students who are part of the General Academics strand. You see, while other strands might specialize in the Arts, or Math and Science, or Business, or Spots, General Academics asks one to spread themselves out. Give everything a little taste test.
Well, truth is, there is no dichotomy. Sure, each person in the strand have versatile and diverse interests and skill sets, but that doesn’t mean they’re “masters of none”. In fact, as a whole, the strand is made up of masters of different fields: writing, athletics, trivia, theater--- You name it, GA has them.
The General Academic Strand: A PRIMER
by Nina Resurreccion
“I’ll have a look inside your mind and tell where you belong!”
- (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2001)
What strand did you choose? You don’t need a sorting hat to help you out on this one! Asking which strand you think would suit you is no different from asking which Hogwarts’ would you best be in. Do you want to be in Gryffindor where the bravest of people dwell? Do you want to be with the hardworking Hufflepuff? Are you clever like those in Ravenclaw? Or maybe you’re power-hungry and loved those of great ambition like Slytherin?
The variety of houses in the Harry Potter world creates an intriguing way of sorting its students. In the real world, students determine which field of strand they prefer to enrol in. The Philippines implemented the K-12 program last academic year and introduced 4 strands, namely: Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and General Academics (GA).
The General Academic Strand (GA) based on the Department of Education’s (DepEd) K-12 curriculum includes the following core subjects: Humanities 1, humanities 2, social science 1, applied economics, organization and management, disaster readiness and risk reduction, elective 1 (from any track/strand), elective 2 (from any track/strand), and work immersion/research/career advocacy/culminating activity. This leads to a general connotation that, as the name of the strand suggests, the strand offers subjects from the different subject strand areas. With this, the strand allows the GA students to freely select subjects from the different strands and offers an opportunity for GA students to explore the field of expertise they are interested in.
GA students are allowed to choose 2 subjects as electives from the three other strands which gives them the opportunity to look into the different subjects with other fields and also, for them to test their skills in the subjects which are relatively new to them. Because of this, GAS students are assured that they are prepared due to the many options that they are given. Students are given a lot of options in the different fields thus they are offered more choices in the profession they wish to take once they graduate from Senior High School.
Have you still not decided on which strand to take? Are you still looking for that sorting hat?
If so, then GA is perfect for you! GA presents you to more opportunities to help you decide in what to take in the future. This strand will help you hone your skills in different fields of expertise.
Good luck to whatever choice you make! If you think about it, (and, although, contrary to popular belief that GA is primarily only for those students who are undecided) it is a great opportunity for students to further explore the subjects that they are interested in.