The Issue of Homework

18 Sep

There’s a new DEP-Ed (Department of Education, Philippines) policy banning homework during weekends.

Several months ago, a homeschooling parent told me the reason she pulled out her son from a prestigious grade school in Manila is because the amount of homework they had to do daily had become crippling.  At one point she had come to ask herself- “If I’m paying so much for this school to teach my son, then why does it seem like I’m doing all the work for them?”

I told her I don’t have the same problem with my daughter’s school because Nicole only brings home homework once or twice a week, usually on Wednesdays.  If the teacher assigns homework for the weekend, it’s usually a project the family can do together like a house made of a shoebox or a simple family album. Just simple things the family can do for an hour or so. This, to me, is the ideal situation.

Now banning homework on weekends, I’m not sure how I feel about that.  If the school dumps 1-2 hours of homework on the kid every single school night, I don’t see how banning homework on weekends can help. Now the problem with banning homework during weekends is that it doesn’t solve the issue of schools giving kids too much homework. Poor parents who have to work 8-12 hours per day still need to go home to an hour or two of homework sessions with the kids.  The parents are too tired; the kids are too tired.

Implementing a weekends only homework policy sounds better to me because then the parents can sit down with their  child an hour or two every Saturday or Sunday to do homework instead of harassing the child to finish the homework before bedtime on school days.

What is your take on the homework issue and the NO homework weekends policy?

We love my daughter's school!


3 Responses to “The Issue of Homework”

  1. Anne March 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I totally agree with you… 🙂

    Where does your daughter study?

    We are from Tandang Sora, QC and we are planning to transfer our daughter who will be in Grade 3 by June to a school with less homework and more on interactive learning in classroom.

    We do feel that we — parents — become the “teachers” and teachers ” facilitators”… too much pressure for a very young kid to handle. We want a school where children are enjoying while studying.

    Thanks. 🙂

    • sweethopia March 24, 2013 at 12:58 am #

      We live in Silang, Cavite. My daughter goes to the Elisea School of Creative Learning (formerly known as Cavite Institute) 🙂

      This was the situation when she was in preschool. She just finished first grade. She now has an after-school tutor (1 hour, M-Th). She usually does her homework with the tutor. If she has no homework, she reviews lessons with the tutor. When she gets home, I just let her play.

      • Anne March 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

        Thanks for the quick reply and good luck to your daughter. We just hope that grade schools here in Manila will be more progressive in their teaching approach… gone are the worry free days for elementary students. During my time, learning comes out naturally… not forced. 🙂

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