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.
Author: Bethany Spencer. Homework as a concept has been around for hundreds of years, and today is considered the norm for modern schools. At secondary level, schools set regular homework via a whole-school homework policy. This can take many forms and is sometimes given a different name like 'home learning' or 'Independent study', but the concept of completing work outside of the classroom remains the same. Homework helps to " develop learners' knowledge and allow them more choice in how they express their work".
In some subjects, like math, worksheets can be very helpful. It has to do with the value of practicing over and over. Educators have debated the merits of homework since the late 19th century.
Ask any parent of an elementary student about homework and you will get a range of reactions. Some parents are happy as long as their children stay busy after school. Others bemoan the intrusion on valuable family time. Curiously, no one challenges the notion of learning in school unless they have daily homework assignments.