Sen. Poe files another bill for NO-HOMEWORK POLICY


Explanatory Note

According to Francesca Borgonovi, one of the authors of the study titled, "Does Homework Perpetuate the Inequities in Education?', there is an advantage for putting extra hours in homework. 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. However, data shows that there are diminishing marginal returns to homework after several hours of it.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's Program for International Student Assessment (OECD PISA) found in 2009 that after around four hours of homework per week, the additional time invested in homework has a negligible impact on students' performance. Further, it looked at homework hours around the world and found that there wasn't much of a connection between how much homework students of a particular country do and how well their students score on tests. The best example of this is Finland. Finnish students do only about three (3) hours of homework per week yet in 2012 they scored sixth highest in the world in reading and 12th highest in Math on the OECD' international test, PISA. Finland is also known to rank high in the international rankings for education systems.

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.

Later on, OECD also found out that whatever benefit homework has is relevant only for measuring student achievement within each country, and that it tends to reinforce the achievement gap between the rich and the poor. Specifically, in all 38 countries included in the OECD study, they discovered that homework hours vary by socio-economic status. According to the study, it is not just poor kids are more likely to skip their homework or do not have a quiet place at home to complete it, schools serving the poor kids also do not assign as much homework as the schools for the rich. Often, poor students also have limited access to resources necessary to complete their homework.

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.

This bill, when enacted into law, will institutionalize and expand the Department of Education (DepEd) Memorandum Circular No. 392, s. 2010 which advised teachers to limit the giving of homework to public elementary school pupils on weekdays and to refrain from giving homework on weekends.

In view of the foregoing, the immediate passage of this measure is earnestly sought.


Source: Senate of the Philippines

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