Homework leads to quarrels and tears in China’s families on a daily basis. Children and parents alike suffer under this heavy burden and for many, it can be a real nightmare. Particularly affected are middle-class families, where often both parents are employed full-time. In addition to the time spent on their jobs, it is not uncommon for mothers and fathers to have to spend three, sometimes four hours a day watch over their children while they do their homework. And for the children, the workload is by no means a cakewalk. After a very long day at school, it’s hard for them to muster up any more motivation and energy for homework or extra classes.
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