Homework strike underway in Spain

loudspeakerDuring the month of November, parents in Spain are on strike in a protest over their children being given too much homework at the weekends. The homework usually requires parents’ input; hence the strike.

Along with Ireland, Russia, Italy and Poland, Spain dishes out some of highest amounts of homework to its students – but not necessarily for better results, as Spain does not score highly in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests.

Jose Luis Pazos, the president of the Spanish Alliance of Parents’ Associations (CEAPA), which has called the strike, said that education in Spain is still modelled around traditional rote learning and has not moved on to embrace 21st century methods of learning.

“Society has changed deeply, but the environment in the classroom hasn’t,” he said.

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