The Department of Education drew criticism again after posting a flawed music lesson video.
In a video posted to DepEd’s YouTube channel last December, a teacher named Eujan Abracia spoke about rhythm patterns for a virtual music class.
However, the teacher made a mistake when she demonstrated how to read and clap rhythmic patterns in different time signatures.
Abracia taught students to clap four times instead of counting four beats and clapping once to represent the entire note.
Additionally, she incorrectly pronounced the time signature 4/4 as “four quarters” rather than “four-four.”
The music has since been removed after gaining traction online.
Before the deletion, some online users managed to make copies and share them on social media for criticism and correction.
As a music major and music teacher I am disappointed with how #DepEd teaches music live on television.
Like, come on, that’s not how you type half notes and whole notes! ??
– Zeik-kun (@YoZeik) January 2, 2021
Twitter user Joseph Tinio, who uses the Twitter handle @sephtinio, shared an audio clip of himself reading musical notes to correct Abracia’s error.
Notes should be held according to the TIME value or the number of beats (fourth = 1, half = 2, whole = 4). See video for explanation
Also the four quarters? FOUR FOUR ! Di yan maths! Di yan fraction!
Minor subject with MAPEH, but with sub-subjects which have not been said? pic.twitter.com/k1j27qTbcD
– Joseph Tinio (@sephtinio) January 2, 2021
In the same Twitter thread, Tinio lamented the continuing struggles of teachers in music, physical education and health or MAPEH.
“Some of the teachers who teach music aren’t really music graduates. Imagine letting a nurse do heart surgery just because she’s in the same (medical) field, ”he said.
Another user @ismolmaroon, who introduced himself as a health expert, echoed this view and noted how difficult it is for educators to teach the whole of MAPH as a whole.
“As a health major (not MAPEH), I have a choice, but teaching the whole MAPEH subject is a sobrang hirap. We should really start to consider teaching its subunits separately and not collectively ”, the user noted.
The user further criticized the education department for providing faulty teaching materials to their official instructors to teach in their video modules.
“Sobrang laking dagok for its masters and masters who are the main authors of the training institution abroad.” Pero sana a maalala natin na the bawat guro is lumalaban for kapakanan and his pagkatuto ng kanyang mag-aaral ”, the user wrote.
Another Twitter lamented how the education sector is neglecting MAPH.
“MAPEH is truly a neglected topic in the field, with few counts that specialize in this topic. It is a tendency to give to beginners or to other teachers although it is not their specialty ”, the user noted.
DepEd to review the learning modules
Although DepEd has yet to respond to these criticisms, the agency said it will implement a more efficient assessment process for its Self-Study Modules (SLMs) which will be used for the third and fourth. quarters of the school year.
The DepEd Ref. 001, 2021 series published on Jan. 4 indicates that all SLMs that private and public entities submit will be subject to a review by DepEd Central.
DepEd Central will implement a pass method where 100% means a module has been approved and conditionally approved for those who are between 61-99%.
The module is considered “failed” if it has obtained a score of 60% or less.
Over the past few months, especially in the early weeks of distance education, DepEd had also been in hot water for blatant blunders in its learning modules. These include errors in spelling, grammar, math and even in module instructions.
This prompted the education department to launch a “bayanihan” campaign which encouraged the public to report errors in the learning materials they produced.