As a previous teacher, I am against this bill. I badly want to know how these politicians researched about this. Did they ask students alone? How about teachers? Where are the polls? What are the scope and limitations of their research? Let us know.
Assignments do not have to be expensive projects, those that would make you recreate the solar system out of Styrofoam or a ten-page reaction paper about your field trip. These could be simple analysis, like answering two to three follow-up questions stated below a short story read in class or enrichment activities to enhance their math skills.
In an Inquirer article, Rep. Evelina Escudero noted, “Homework assignments can deprive students and parents precious quality time for rest, relaxation and interaction after school hours and even on weekends.” Deprive parents of quality time for their children when they are either not invested in their child’s education (and do they know how burden this is for teachers) or invested but are deprived of their time for themselves as well after working an eight-hour shift for minimum wage? Relaxation—probably watching kirida telenovelas on TV or playing mobile games until they fell asleep?
I mean . . . really? Not even an hour for practice? What about learning time management as early as elementary?
What types of families did they consider? Probably those with Internet access 24/7? Those who could pay their child’s tuition quarterly? Have they considered cognitive development among children and why this is important? Sensitive periods for learning, perhaps? Teachers—how about them? And I quote my colleague Carlo Fernando:
Here’s the thing. You have congested curricula, you only have 6–8 hours per day of contact time, you want to squeeze in a number of subjects (which on paper is said to be interrelated, but in reality, teachers still implement it in silos), you demand students to achieve 21st century competencies, and you demand teachers to do enhanced pedagogies (flipped classroom anyone?). You have teachers who are required to teach while distributing food trays while disciplining kids while measuring eye charts while being required to do self reflections while being mandated to do behavioral anecdotes while being required to finish the curriculum—and yet you don’t want them to ask students to be accountable to their own learning, if the only thing they could also do to ensure that kids achieve what they are required to achieve is to answer ten-item assignments?
Personally, I was never bothered by assignments during my elementary and secondary education. They only take at most two hours of my time, and it helped me answer test items with ease (but more than answering test items, it made me reflect on which points I can do and not do alone). Probably because I had minimal distractions, as mobiles and Wi-Fi were not supreme essentials at that time. And considering that this age is much different because distractions are everywhere, can we not make it a point
You see, at this point, politicians are seemingly doing everything to have people who are not trained to reflect on their own. Good for those who can afford private education, but what about those who cannot?
Hay nako. As much as I want to fill my day with positivity when I wake up, even muting keywords on politics and following a lot of cute-pup pages, news about our government has a way to ruin it (and I have not even discussed about those frogs and fish they released to “solve” dengue).