By Eloise Horsfield
THE Spanish parents’ association has called for a two-week ‘homework strike’ to reduce the amount of homework given to schoolchildren.
CEAPA says the time pupils have to spend on homework has greatly increased in recent years, and that children’s education has turned into a humdrum of fact memorising.
“Whether a child does their homework badly or well depends on their home situation,” said a statement.
“Some parents help out with their children’s homework, or invest in private lessons – but many others don’t have the level of education or the money to be able to offer such support.”
The statement also said homework can cause arguments between parent and child, and that children’s time needed to be freed up for sport and cultural activities.
Not all parents agree that children are given too much homework in Spain.
“I wouldn’t necessarily support less homework,” said British expat Sarah West, whose daughter attends the local primary in Alpandeire.
“The kids finish at 2pm and then have on average eight more hours of the day doing nothing particularly productive.”
“But it’s true that the actual way of teaching children in Spain is archaic and they spend hours copying pages and pages of things they have no idea about,” added West.