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Paperless homework causes mixed responses
    2017-October-11  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

The fact that many primary and secondary schools in Shenzhen require students to submit their homework electronically has sparked heated discussion among parents.

A mother surnamed Fan is in the opposing camp. Fan’s daughter is a third-grader at a primary school in Futian District. Every day after work, Fan turns on the computer and logs onto QQ to check the homework in the chat group of her daughter’s class. The increasing number of e-homework assignments from the teachers concerns Fan as her daughter is easily distracted by games on her cellphone, resulting in online sessions that last for about two hours.

Fan’s sentiment is echoed by a father surnamed Li who believes that although e-homework is convenient for teachers, it has a mostly negative impact on students, particularly on those who are not self-disciplined. In his point of view, many young people are overly dependent on cellphones. Doing homework the traditional way — with pen and paper — would serve to preserve students’ focus and attention spans.

“Students have to finish their homework on parents’ cellphones. Sometimes parents need to work late, so it’s inconvenient for everybody. It should be the teachers who manage handling the homework, but now the burden has been transferred to parents,” another parent surnamed Zheng complained.

However, there are still many parents supportive of paperless homework. They believe that e-homework helps young people keep pace with modernization, makes communication between teachers and students more effective and ensures that assignment requirements are accurately communicated. Additionally, the method will stimulate students’ interests in learning new things since e-homework allows them to make up for missed knowledge via software and makes it possible for teachers to implement targeted teaching methods where needed.

A resident surnamed Liang is in favor of the practice. He believes that e-homework will reduce the amount of homework and that after all it’s an irresistible trend. He said, “If I take a photo of the homework and send it to WeChat or QQ chat groups, every parent can see it. If they don’t understand, they can ask questions in the group and other parents will answer them.”

A teacher surnamed Chen at Lianhua Middle School in Futian District defends the practice by saying that e-homework allows teachers to observe common mistakes made by students and then explain the questions in a customized way.

Rather than taking an extreme position for or against the matter, education experts suggest teachers and parents should have a balanced, unbiased view.

Mei Yueping, one of Shenzhen’s Top 10 Headmasters and the headmaster of Zhongshan Secondary School in Pingshan District, holds that paperless homework is an attempt to integrate technology into education and aligns with the trajectory of modern practices. However, it is ultimately students who will benefit from paperless homework the most.

(Yang Mei)

 

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