Call to ban homework!
Teachers and parents groups are calling for a fortnight's homework ban - starting today (26 March) - to raise the issue of whether homework helps pupils or, on the contrary, is counterproductive.
The FCPE, one of the main parents' associations, and the Icem (Icem-Pedagogie Freinet) are inviting parents and teachers to post their comments on the website 'Ce soir pas de devoirs' (no homework tonight).
One teacher who supports the homework ban says this is the ideal opportunity for parents to do something different with their children such as cooking, talking or gardening together instead of checking their homework.
Other commentators make the point that homework can penalise children from less advantageous backgrounds whose parents may not have the abilities, or time, to get involved in schoolwork. 'Parents shouldn't be expected to fill in for teachers, any more than teachers should become parents,' writes one mother.
Homework can also become a source of tension within the home.
On the other hand, many parents favour homework as means for them to keep abreast of their child's progress.