Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What have you been teaching our kids?

- “Defective textbooks are exactly like contaminated milk,” Go says, referring to the melamine-tainted imports from China which has killed at least four babies and caused kidney ailments in more than 50,000 children.

He says that while melamine-tainted dairy products caused physical damage, error-filled textbooks created mental and emotional damage.

“Unlearning is even a more difficult process than teaching,” Go says.

- "One result of Go’s advocacy is the issuance of DepEd Order No. 39, which directs private schools to immediately stop using “Simply Science in the Next Century” and “Harnessing Arts for English Today” by Phoenix.
But the error-riddled textbooks remain in use.
Also, due to Go’s exposé of its errors, “Asya: Noon, Ngayon at sa Hinaharap,” a social studies textbook, was recalled by then Education Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad in 2004.

In June 2007, the DepEd issued a 21-page errata guide to correct the factual, grammatical and other errors in 11 newly released social studies textbooks and teacher’s manuals."

According to a Senate resolution, however, the guide “failed to substantially correct the errors found in the books.”


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