Now, there have been discussions on here as to why people that are native to the Philippines are not the brightest. There has also been discussions on the education system. Well guess what I found in the paper today. this has got to be one of the funniest articles ever. Even Filipinos think this guy is dumb. I have put the link to the actual article in case some one thinks this is fake.
Here is the article:
Numerous errors in textbooks and other instructional materials, especially those provided by the Department of Education to public schools, are not new, even if the problem gets resurrected at around this time every year by “sick books crusader” Antonio Calipjo Go, the academic supervisor of the Marian School of Quezon City. In fact, Go was not the first to go public about them.
If I remember correctly, between the late 1980s to the early 1990s, long-time Cebu resident Helmut Haas went public in a letter he wrote to the editor of The Freeman about the numerous factual errors he found in the textbooks of his children who were then enrolled in a private school. His disclosure was soon followed by a tip from then retired police colonel Jose Madarang that thousands of unused but brand-new textbooks were rotting away in the stockroom of the Cebu City Central School.
The tip prompted a raid by the authorities, and true enough, tens of thousands of brand-new but unused textbooks and other instructional materials were rotting in the stockroom of the Cebu City Central School. Other tips followed, prompting even more raids and inspections. At a school in the then municipality of Talisay, trucks were caught red-handed trying to spirit away similar unused books. More were found in another school in Consolacion, as well as in Dumaguete City.
The public was so enraged by the textbook errors and the unused brand-new books and instructional materials that the uproar triggered a congressional inquiry. But as usually happens, that became the end of it. Then along came Go, and for the past several years he has been making a lot of noise about all the errors he keeps finding in textbooks. If he is still at it, that can only mean that the government, through the DepEd, has not really solved the problem.
But the best indication that the DepEd is not really trying comes from no less than the education secretary himself. Reacting to the latest outburst from Go, education secretary Armin Luistro said Go, if he really wanted to help, should have gone to the DepEd first to call its attention to the errors, instead of going to the public first.
Luistro’s reaction is a classic example of shooting the messenger instead of listening to the message to find out what it says. Luistro does not seem to understand that Go is absolutely under no obligation to go to the DepEd. On the other hand, the task of ensuring that the integrity of every instructional material, in whatever form it may come, is solely that of the DepEd and no one else.
It is unfair of Luistro to blame Go for pointing out the errors when it is in fact the job of Luistro to ensure that the books do not have errors. But Luistro not only failed to guarantee the integrity of the instructional materials his department is providing for the education of this country’s children, he also refuses to acknowledge any shortcoming.
In his attempt to temper the fallout from Go’s latest expose, Luistro said what fell into Go’s hands were books that were still in the printing process and had already been corrected or in the process of being corrected. But the most dangerous part of Luistro’s thinking is his belief that no book is perfect and that, as the years go by, as errors get pointed out and corrected, we will eventually have the perfect book.
Here is how Luistro said it, as quoted by the newspaper that carried Go’s latest expose: “As teachers use it, they may spot (an error). We want the field to participate (in the process). With the idea that as the years pass by, you keep on developing the material, so it becomes perfect. Not just from the point of view of the writer but actually (as a material) used in the field.”
Luistro’s kind of thinking is very dangerous because as the man charged with the education of this country, he has grossly missed the problem posed by errors in textbooks. Luistro seems to focus on the errors in the books per se, which is why he is not bothered because in his mind these errors can be corrected as time goes by. He misses the point entirely that the problem is not the errors per se but the fact that they are passed along to our children.
Yes, the errors may be corrected eventually, as he reasons out. But before they are, they are what our children are being taught. So you can just imagine what a bunch of idiots we would be producing when, to cite one error exposed by Go in an English instructional material for Grade 10 — “A salmon is a lazy type of fish, like to stay where they are born.” And this is the man behind K to 12. With that kind of thinking, he can make it K to 50, and it will not make any difference.
I find it interesting how even the guy in the article see’s that this guy is just blaming others for his mistakes. It is also funny how it is even mentioned that luistro doesn’t seem to think it’s a problem. This is an example of text book Filipino attitude. These traits have been mentioned a lot on this site from other members to the shocking denial of most native pinoy.Published in