QC councilor pushes ‘no homework’ on weekends


NEVER on weekends.

A Quezon City councilor wants a 2010 directive of the Department of Education (DepEd) to also apply  to private schools and discourage them from giving homework to elementary pupils on weekends, saying the two-day period should be used for more ‘’bonding time” between children and their families.

But unlike the DepEd regulation, the ordinance proposed by Councilor Jose Mario Don de Leon of the city’s 3rd District goes to the extent of imposing penalties on schools that, according to him, would hamper the development of the children’s “emotional quotient.”

In the draft measure, De Leon made references to DepEd Memorandum 392 issued in September 2010 by Secretary Armin Luistro.

According to the memo, “it has been observed that parents complain about too many pupils’ homework/assignments, which rob themselves and their children’s quality time to get together in more enjoyable activities.”

Luistro then ordered teachers in public schools to “limit homework/assignments to a reasonable quantity.”

“Therefore, no homework/assignments shall be given during weekends for pupils to enjoy their childhood and spend quality time with their parents without being burdened by the thought of doing lots of homework,” the secretary said.

Now comes De Leon’s view: “In terms of the development of the emotional quotient of an individual and the importance of spending quality time between parent and child, there should be no distinction made between public and private elementary school pupils.”

“The emotional quotient should also be taken into consideration as part of a pupil’s overall development, which is why they should be encouraged to spend quality time bonding with their parents and enjoying their childhood to the fullest during weekends.”

The draft ordinance imposes a fine of P5,000 on private schools that would violate the measure.

“If the offender is a corporation, partnership or association or other juridical party, the penalty shall be imposed upon its officer or officers responsible for the violation without prejudice to the cancellation or revocation of its business permit,” it added. With a report from Inquirer Research

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NVBS2TMY6B7OGOA6474TYIQDJE Cristobel

    obviously the good counselor himself never seems to have suffered from too much homework!!!

  • boybakal

    QC councilor pushes ‘no homework’ on weekends to elementary pupils on weekends….

    This is good.
    No more homework from school, so that children can do the homework at home.
    Para makatulong sa Nanay gaya ng hugas ng plato, tinda ng sampaguita at walis ng harapan.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    eto rin ang d ko maintindihan e..nagbayad na nga ako ng pagkamahal na tuition, pag-uwi ko ako pa magtuturo sa mga anak ko..e d b kaya ako nagbayad para turuan nyo ng maayos sa tamang paraan? naknangteteng naman o

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

      negosyo na lang kasi ngayon ang mga private schools, hindi na academic institution…  kaso pag ang bata hindi galing ng “reputable” schools, karaniwan hirap makahanap ng trabaho pag graduate ng college.

      • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

         i once got the ire of my interviewer…tinanong kasi nya kung saan school ako graduate at ang kasunod e “saan yun?” at mejo na insulto ako kaya sinagot ko ng d nya akalain hehehe

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

        lol, serves him right!  :-D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M6UL2UG4OGTMCLSYGB5MVJ7USE InSearchOfTruth

    ang baba ng penalty…  miscellaneous lang yan ng isang estudyante sa private school eh…

  • nakatutok

    malamang si Konsehal ay hindi rin gumagawa ng homework niya noon..nevertheless, naging konsehal!!..kaya eto ang stupid proposal niya!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7GMD4LSF4UNITVPJGST3CJVMVA David

    asus naman…. sangkaterba bang homework ang binibigay sa elem kids at dapat talaga no homework sa weekends? dapat ang bata turuan ng organization skills para tapos agad ang homework. BUGOK na directive ito.  aya tuloy daming bata ang adik sa fb at video games lalo sa weekends kasi ala naman gawa sa bahay.

  • go88

    maybe this councelor was inspired by  special child ‘abnoy’? ‘no homework’ on weekends … 

  • buttones

    Why not stop homework altogether? Keep the kids ill educated, certainly more malleable when they get to eighteen. Is this the idea? Bonding? BONDING? What on EARTH is this person rambling on about- more trips to the mall?


      Week ends are suppose to be rest day from school. Why should a school imposes itself even on rest days. That is not fair. If it is right for the children to do school works on week ends then let there be school 7 days a week. There are lot to learn outside the school. Example = boys learns to kick or be kicked around with out referee teacher. This skill can not be learned from school but is a must to survive in violent environment. School days is for books. Week ends is for care free wrapping up somebody even sweet smelling girls.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    galing talaga mag isip ng taga quezon city. kunsabagay, ignorance breeds more votes. syanga pala…a MOTHER helping her CHILD with homework is not bonding? ano ba definition mo ng bonding?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    i really feel sorry for people doing business in quezon city. if you guys live there, why not get your act together and educate your voters? dami dami pinapatulan, bakit di na lang silipin mga car parts dun. 

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