DepEd under fire anew for ‘erroneous’ time value of music notes

 By Rjay Zuriaga Castor

PHOTO: Twitter

The Department of Education (DepEd) finds itself in hot water again after a netizen pointed out a “faulty" number of beats or time value of music notes that was part of an aired MAPEH educational episode.

Joseph Tonio in a tweet pointed out the error, which to date has garnered around 33.8K likes, 12K combined retweets and quoted tweets.

"DepEd? What the f*** is this shit?" the tweet wrote with an attached clip of the episode, which has now at least 872K views.

"Since some may not understand why I'm ranting, this is the result of undermining the arts (particularly music). Some of the teachers who teach music are not really music graduates. Imagine letting a nurse do a heart surgery just because they are in the same (medical) field," he added.

In a tweet, Tonio corrected the mistake saying that the notes are to be held based on the time value or number of beats— quarter = 1, half = 2, whole = 4.

He also emphasized that it should be read as" four four" instead of "four fourths" because these are time signature and not fractions.

"Minor subject na nga ang MAPEH, maliit pa tingin sa mga subtopics na nakapaloob dito?" he wrote.

Tonio also posted a screenshot of an explanation of Joy T. Guadalupe, UP College of Music Secretary.

"Personally, I believe that as music educators who are iskolars ng bayan, it should be our mission to provide solutions in our small way. This is only a symptom of bigger problems (which) in my reflection may include (1) human resources: lack of music ed graduates bec of lack of music ed training institutions or if so, some do not serve the public schools or leave the phils altogether; (2) content: too westernized curricula not really reflective of our filipino musical cultures; (3) program admission and recruitment: more mued slots in colleges of music who should be contractually obligated to serve before leaving," she said.

DepEd was also criticized after airing English exercises with “glaring” grammatical mistakes, wrong” mathematical equation during its TV test run, and reference materials which contain information that supposedly teach learners racism, sexism, and outright discrimination – among others.


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