The title is taken from the words of one Antonio Go, an academic supervisor, as quoted by The Straits Times. In the article, Mr. Go claims that textbooks used by Philippine public school students are riddled with factual mistakes. He cites examples.
Mao Zedong conquered China and transformed it into the most populous communist country in the world.
Sun Yat Sen founded the Chinese Communist Party.
Charles Darwin was a Dutchman. The earth is shaped like a coconut.
Non-living things increase in size. Fishes have lungs for breathing.
The biggest culprit is Asia: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, “procured with a loan from the World Bank,” which contains 431 errors and used by Filipino high school students since 2000.
This is so disgusting. How could have something like this escape the attention of the DepEd? What’s even more unbelievable is that between 2000 and 2004, high school principals and teachers of the millions of students who have used this book either did not notice the mistakes–which makes them negligent–or did not know that they were mistakes–which makes them incompetent.
Neither sounds better than the other.
DepEd is making teaching notes for dissemination to schools using the book but has made no move to pull out the books.