Education Secretary Leonor Briones recently engaged in a public pitch for the policy, which is now the subject of a couple of pending bills in Congress. Doing just that, however, leads to the conclusion that a solution other than what she and supportive legislators are proposing is in order. Excessive homework — or to state the argument more accurately, any homework at all — is physically taxing on students, many of them very young, after they have already spent a full strenuous day in the classroom. Projects that students are expected to complete at home often pose a burdensome expense on parents, who may not have a ready budget for the last-minute purchase of needed materials. Assigning homework also adds to the workload of teachers, who must grade these assignments in addition to their everyday work of preparing lessons. By banning homework, all these problems are avoided.
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Students, teachers, parents and even politicians have joined the bandwagon and issued their take on the issue and yet, it seems that no one has taken the initiative to conduct a public hearing that will explore all angles, weigh the pros and cons and then formulate ways so that those for and against and all stakeholders may meet halfway. Of all the pronouncements made, what caught the ire of many is the proposed House Bill filed by Quezon City Representative Alfred Vargas. Recently, I have watched lawmakers, students, faculty members and even psychiatrists being interviewed left and right regarding their stand on the controversial issue. During those days when I was a student, there were no cellphones or computers yet, so that we relied on books, physical research and frequented libraries. The way technology has made things a trillion times easier for students these days makes it difficult to understand why and how they could afford to complain about homeworks, if they involve research only. They should be able to assess if the homework or projects they assign would not be possible without the help of parents. The good education secretary, Leonor Briones, is correct in saying that most homeworks are done either by the parents or nannies.
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We have all had time-consuming, monotonous, meaningless homework assigned to us at some point in our life. These assignments often lead to frustration and boredom and students learn virtually nothing from them. Teachers and schools must reevaluate how and why they assign homework to their students.
By Ma. Teresa Montemayor August 28, , pm. In a statement, the DepEd said the policy enables learners to find balance between their academic development and personal growth by having ample time for enjoyable activities with family provided that all assignments and projects are completed in school. Deputy Speaker and Sorsogon Representative Evelina Escudero has filed House Bill which obliges teachers not to give take-home assignments to students from kindergarten to Grade 12 to lighten their physical burden when carrying heavy bags to-and-from schools. The bill also seeks to compel schools and teachers to implement a "more holistic and effective pedagogy" by conducting all lessons and activities in school.