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NO HOMEWORK FRIDAYS In 2010 the Department of Education released a memorandum that prohibits giving homework to public school students

every Friday. What does the DepEd Memorandum 392 Series .2010:
Guidelines on Giving Homework or Assignment to All Public Elementary Schools Pupils 1. Homework or assignment have been part of the pupils lives in their schooling. Common homework/assignment may include a period of reading to be done and writing to be completed, problems to be solved and projects to be worked on among others. The purpose of which is for the pupils to increase their knowledge and improve their abilities and skills. 2. However, it has been observed that parents complain about too many pupils homework or assignment which rob themselves and their children quality time to be together in more enjoyable activities. 3. Hence it is advised that the teachers limit the giving of homework to reasonable quantity to give their ample time to rest and relax at home for the rest of the day. 4. Therefore no homework or assignment shall be given during weekends for pupils to enjoy their childhood and spend quality time with their parents without being burdened by the though of doing lots of homework.

Does it really make a difference that we dont have homeworks on Fridays. What are the reasons behind the memorandum and what are the benefits that we can get from it. Let us take a good look on its reason. The reason stated by DepEd on article 2 of the memorandum states that there is the lack of time spent by the students to interact with their parents. The huge overload of homework robs the parents and children quality time to bond together and do enjoyable activities. A regular weekend is composed of 48 hours. A substantial amount of it is allotted for sleep. It takes around 16-20 hours thus leaving us around 32 to 28 hours for our activities. Then we subtract to it the amount of time spent on our personal hygiene. Normally a person spends an hour to an hour and a half for personal grooming. Taking away 2 to 3 hours of time and leaving us 25-26 hours. Our body needs fuel to work so we must eat at least 3 times a day that is without the snack. A regular meal takes around an hour so that takes 6 hours in our weekend, LEAVING US 19-20 hours left to do some activities. If we are going to add snacks, which regularly take half an hour and twice a day, it lessens another 2 hours. Take that away, and we now have 17-18 hours left. Add another hour for exercise and another two for leisure and personal time, lessens our time to around 14-15 hours. We havent added the another hour and a half spent on household chores taking away 6 hours off our weekend thus we are left with 8-9 hours. Add another accumulated 1 hour and a half in waste disposal leaving us 5-6 hours of time. We are left with a meagre 5-6 hours on our weekend or around 2.5 to 3 hours per day not counting the amount of time doing reading and doing homework. (*This data is based upon the
theoretical average time usage on a weekend)

It is clear as shown by the data above that the no homework Fridays serves it purpose and benefits us highly. We were given an extended amount of time to be spent with our family. We do have busy schedules, and with free minds and extra time, we can enjoy a good weekend to have some quality time with our family. We as students can now look forward to a well rested and well spent weekend with our loved ones.