Philippine Government Asks Teachers To Stop Grading Based On ‘Likes’

Being a student in the age of social media means that you’ve most likely had at least one teacher assign an output which would be graded based on the number of likes or views it garnered. And you probably disliked it or at least disagreed with the metric. It didn’t always make sense for homework or projects to necessarily reach a certain social media standard.

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More than just being mildly irritating, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) pushes that it could actually be harmful to the safety of these students. According to DICT Secretary Eliseo Rio, such types of requirements have students risking their private data just so they can reach the needed ‘likes’. This happens by making profiles public or reaching out to random accounts.

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As such, Secretary Rio would like to implore teachers to refrain from assigning work like this. The DICT is already currently in coordination with education officials to draft a memorandum circular which focuses on the problem.

Do you think they should disallow these kinds of projects?