Veteran director Joey Reyes took to social media to express his dismay over the learning modules distributed by the Department of Education (DepEd) to students amid the ongoing distance learning program of the government.
On Facebook, Direk Joey shared a photo taken from the learning module of a friend’s niece sent to him to ask his thoughts about it.
“A friend posted this on her wall, tagging and asking me what I thought of this Filipino 2 module that her niece was given to study rhetoric using our national language,” he wrote.
According to Joey, he feels infuriated with the fact that people who are working for the Department of Education would use “hugot lines” and “quotable quotes” from local movies as examples and ask who delivered those lines to teach the Filipino language.
He wrote: “What was not only dismaying but infuriating about the material is self-explanatory. What kind of vision and even professionalism exist among those in charge of education in this country if the teaching of language is based on identifying ‘hugot lines’ and ‘quotable quotes’ from local movies and asking who rendered these dialogue?”
He went on: “What sort of learning expectations and deliverables are found here ... or did whoever made this module think that involving popular culture trivia is an effective way to teach language?”
Joey, who teaches Communication students at the De La Salle University, added that he feels that the educational standards in the Philippines have been demoralized due to the kind of educational materials handed out to students.
“I work in media, I work in the academe ... and, as I said, I am not only disgusted but infuriated and demoralized by the educational standards being shown to Filipino students,” he stated.
Sharing his thoughts on the responsibility of educators to young minds, he posed the question: “How can we develop a nation of critical thinkers whereas some of those who were given the responsibility of shaping the minds of the young are in dire need of brains and even dedication to their work as well?”
“Thus, today, I have concocted a new term: ‘EDIOTS.’ Idiots in Education,” he ended his post.
See his post below:
Joey Reyes is known for his works in Philippine cinema including films such as May Minamahal, Pahiram Ng Isang Umaga, Batang PX, and Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo.
He also served as a writer for ABS-CBN sitcoms like Palibhasa Lalake and Abangan Susunod Na Kabanata.