Books are an essential part of learning especially for those students at a very young age, this is a very important material that should contain vital information that would equip a child to be knowledgeable in the different subject.
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Textbooks are also important for teachers since this will be a part of their curriculum guide, but what if the textbook content itself failed in terms of accuracy? What will happen to the children who are believed to be the hope of our future?
Recently, photos of a textbook with unacceptable errors went viral on social media gaining ire and worry from netizens.
In the post of Facebook user Anthony Comedia, several textbooks from different publishers are seen to have major errors that ironically falls in the information that should be well-versed by Filipinos.
In one book, the Banawe Rice Terreces in Ifugao was tagged as “Banana Rice Tereces”, another book states that the same spot which was once considered as one of the wonders of the world could be found in Ilocos Region when in reality, it is located in Ifugao which is part of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Another book contains a discriminative illustration of a group of Filipino ethnic group from Cordillera and described them as “maliit at maitim”.
Comedia’s post immediately went viral on social media and eventually reached one of the book authors named Alma Dayag. Comedia revealed that the author reached out to him to inform him that the said version of the textbook was already recalled and no longer used by students.
Dayag also apologized for the discriminative illustration and explained that it is only meant to help students to describe a person’s physical appearance.
“Nais po naming ipaalam sa inyo na ang bagay na ito ay narebisa higit isang taon na ang nakararaan at makikita na sa kasalukuyang limbag ng mga aklat ang mga pagbabago,” Dayag who is part of Phoenix Publishing House Inc said.
Read some of netizens reactions below:
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