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Parents in Spain have children boycott weekend homework

EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. High school student march during a demonstration in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016. The students who are on a one day strike are protesting about the country's education law that increases the number of annual exams. The education bill was brought in 2014 by the conservative Popular Party. Opposed by most other political parties and many teacher and parent groups, it increases the number of annual exams.The government claimed it was aimed at stemming Spain's school dropout rate. Banners read in Spanish; 'General Strike' and 'No to exam re-takes from the Franco era' . (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

EDS NOTE : SPANISH LAW REQUIRES THAT THE FACES OF MINORS ARE MASKED IN PUBLICATIONS WITHIN SPAIN. High school student march during a demonstration in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016. The students who are on a one day strike are protesting about the country's education law that increases the number of annual exams. The education bill was brought in 2014 by the conservative Popular Party. Opposed by most other political parties and many teacher and parent groups, it increases the number of annual exams.The government claimed it was aimed at stemming Spain's school dropout rate. Banners read in Spanish; 'General Strike' and 'No to exam re-takes from the Franco era' . (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)  (Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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

The CEAPA federation 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 It also argues that the homework system is outdated and doesn't improve learning.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 Inigo Mendez 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 OECD's 2012 PISA study found that Spanish children and teenagers get 6 ½ hours of homework a week, above the near 5-hour average for some 40 countries studied.

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