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Parent Group in Spain Calls for Weekend Homework Boycott

The campaign aims to encourage more family time between parents and children

Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, Spain's Education Minister, photo: Wikipedia
12 months ago

MADRID – Some Spanish parents are having their children boycott weekend homework in November, saying they get too much.

The Spanish Parents of Students Association (CEAPA) of 12,000 parental associations says the “No to Homework” campaign aims to encourage more family time between parents and children. It also argues that the homework system is outdated and doesn’t improve learning.

But Education Minister Íñigo Méndez de Vigo said Friday that the strike call undermines schools’ and teachers’ authority. He encouraged talks on the issue.

Other parent and teacher associations have criticized the proposed homework boycott.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) 2012 PISA study found that Spanish children and teenagers get 6.5 hours of homework a week, above the near five-hour average for some 40 countries studied.

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