MORE than 110,000 parents have signed a petition calling for the standardisation of homework within the Spanish education system.
Madrid mother-of-three Eva Bailen launched the petition after witnessing the effect of three hours homework every night on her ten-year-old son.
Diego spent so much time keeping abreast of his homework that he had no time to relax in the evenings and was beginning to show signs of stress. Meanwhile his sisters, at the same school, always had far less homework.
She said: “I am not against homework, and I think that children should do something, rather than just sitting around in the afternoons. That was until I saw my child crying because he hasn’t been able to go out and play.”
Now the call for a standardised level of homework to be introduced in all schools has spread throughout Spain.
Luis Miguel Lázaro, professor of educational theory and history at the University of Valencia, has suggested a maximum of an hour per evening for high school students.
“The key here is that teachers work together: you can’t have one teacher assigning a huge workload as though their subject was the only one that counted,” he said.