#PisayGiveUsABreak is the buzzword.

Here's why we're asking for it here and now.

Change is long overdue.

Pisay scholars have struggled with requirement loads and work-life balance long before distance learning was implemented.

Now, it has come to a head.

The workload is roughly three times as heavy as the regular one is, and we've complained about that ++
++ for ages now.

Imagine having a system that bases productivity on a rigid schedule and then encourages students to "work at your own pace".

Etiquette be damned, this is a load of bullshit.

30 minutes to work on a lesson that takes a week to discuss? Bullshit.

We're not ++
++ robots. I can't believe we have to keep saying this shit.

We're humans too. Our teachers are humans too. They love having to check 300 modules a week just as much as we love having to answer 30 modules in a timeframe spanning a grand total of 18 hours (minus breaks.) ++
++ It's so taxing, mentally and physically, to have to spend that much time a week on that much mind-numbing information and then having to regurgitate all of it back in a half-assed, 20 minute response in an assessment.

There's no learning happening here. It's all blind ++
++ answering, checking the internet for answers, hoping to get it right, and then just collapsing from fatigue in a pool of your own blood, sweat, and tears afterwards.

It's taken the soul out of learning. I entered this school with the hope of kindling the spark in me, ++
++ hoping that my inquisitive mind is satiated by engaging learning and an environment conducive to nurturing the very best of the country into the fields of science.

I was proven wrong in the space of a year.

The workload caught up to me quickly and I was eventually so ++
++ held up that I very nearly flunked my way out.

But here we are, three years later, and we're still struggling?

Clearly something's gone awry in the system.

It's been broken for quite a while.

And that's why we're asking for it now.

++ "But why here, duck? Why do you demand change on the platform where the officials don't listen?"

Because we always have demanded change from people in positions of authority. In the appropriate channels.

Even before the implementation of remote learning, we've been ++
++ answering slews of surveys: teacher rating surveys, activity surveys, workload surveys.

Fuck, before the school year had even started we we're already being pressed for time during the bridging program, which was designed to put this exact system to the test in real-world ++
++ scenarios.

We had surveys for that too, with overwhelmingly negative feedback about the pacing and workload.

And yet, nothing has changed for the better.

Hopefully it's just me, but I really don't feel as if the student body's voice matters at all to the admins, which is ++
++ strange considering we're the ones on the ground gathering data.

Imagine a tech company trialling new technology and then keeping it on their future releases despite negative reviews on it.

And the fact that we as a system deal in data-driven approaches makes it worse. ++
++ This cycle of { have problem -> tell admins -> get nothing -> speak out -> you're suddenly disrespectful } has to stop.

It's toxic and does nothing to solve the problem in the first place.

But since we have a larger voice and impact on social media, we as a community have ++
++ taken our frustrations over here in the form of venting, both privately and publicly, to whoever can hear us, in the hopes of finding just one chance to impact the real world outside the screen.

That's why #PisayGiveUsABreak was started in the first place. ++
++ It's a way to summarize our frustrations as a group to anyone willing to listen. It's a short snippet of the what to this thread's why.

Again, etiquette be damned. We're tired of asking for change politely and quietly without getting results.

We need change now.

!! forgot to mention: teachers are equally deserving of a break. it really feels as if the workload on either side is borderline inhumane

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17 Oct
yo my man

1) you brought communism to this conversation, not them

2) so many detainees (all in politics) have been able to visit ailing relatives/funerals unrestrained

3) nobody's doing anything stupid here, being able to grieve in peace is just a mark of human compassion
the last time i checked, the philippines wasnt a communist state. why bring that up?

also, yes, the baby's death is on the government's hands.
and no, dissent ≠ dilawan ≠ communist.

please stop.
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