MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Education DepEd has ordered the heads of public elementary schools to refrain from giving students homework during the weekend to give them enough time to rest and spend time with family. In a memorandum issued on Sept. He said parents have complained that too much homework has significantly decreased their quality time with their children. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now! Philstar Global Corp.
Fact or Fiction: Bill introduced to ban homework?
Benefits of No-Homework Policy
DepEd Memorandum No. Teachers' Dignity Coalition president Benjo Basas said the memorandum is unnecessary and actually violates the academic freedom of educators to give their students the best education possible. It's not to make their lives harder. Homework can be used to teach them self-discipline, time management and how to become responsible students," he said in an ABS-CBN "Umagang kay Ganda" interview. He said that teachers give more homework on Fridays because students have more time during the weekends. He noted that homework can actually be used by parents to spend more quality time with their kids. One is to review the past lessons and two is to prepare for the next lesson.
DepEd supports proposed no-homework policy
Homework has been a part of the schooling experience for multiple generations. There are some lessons that are perfect for the classroom environment, but there are also some things that children can learn better at home. As a general rule, the maximum amount of time that a student should spend each day on lessons outside of school is 10 minutes per each grade level.
Not only that more homework does not translate to better student performance, It also gives additional stress to students, teachers and parents. More homework gives additional workload to our already overworked teachers and takes away valuable time that could have been spent with family and other activities. Hence, this bill aims to limit the homework given to students from Kinder to Grade 12 during weekdays and prohibit the same on weekends to safeguard and promote the welfare of teachers and school children, protect them from conditions that may adversely affect their health and their right to a balanced life, and uphold equality among students across different socio-economic backgrounds. She noted that when you look within countries at students who are learning in the same educational system and do more homework, those students do much better in school. The best example of this is Finland.