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French president bans homework for students across the nation
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French president bans homework for students across the nation

Quote:TORONTO – Banning homework for students may sound like the plans of a high school class president, but in France, it’s Francois Hollande’s latest policy.

The newly-elected French president may be trying to foster his popularity among the next generation of voters after he made a series of wide-ranging education reforms – with a nationwide ban on homework as the most controversial of the list.

“Education is priority. An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school rather than at home,” he said, according to French media reports.

He told reporters that students aren’t on an even playing field when it comes to homework because some kids get help from their parents.

His other policy changes include hiring more teachers, providing them incentives to move to low-income areas to teach and decreasing the number of students who fail each year.

He’s also pushing for a return to the 4.5 day school week instead of the current four day week in most French schools.

Hollande toppled Nicolas Sarkozy, the country’s long-time incumbent leader, in May. The Socialist Party leader took on education as one the key priorities he hoped to improve on during his five-year term.

Across the pond in Canada, discussion about banning homework has also surfaced recently.

In 2008, for example, the Toronto District School board drafted a policy that instructed teachers to lighten homework loads – from banning take-home assignments for kindergarteners to removing penalties for incomplete work.

Canadian father Chris Corrigan even championed an anti-homework cause that pushed for the end of kids’ take-home assignments.

He called for a ‘Great Canadian Homework Ban,’ following in the footsteps of a Danish writer.

A study conducted by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) suggested that too much homework can be counterproductive, especially if it’s piled on in younger grades.

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French president bans homework for students across the nation

Yet if a student did this: "HURR U LAZIE AN WAN GO ON FAICBOOK ALL DAY!"

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France, you're reforming it wrong (except for the no-homework part, that's a nice touch)

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I'd love to see such a movement come to the USA. Homework was the bane of my childhood.
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France is the only place that school actually seems like it would have fun classes, because you don't absolutely have to take 50 math classes just to relearn the same things every year, they give you more choices of what classes you're in in France...but I'm not going to move there ever because i can't speak Canadian lol

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RE: French president bans homework for students across the nation

First good news I have heard come out of France in forever. I like where this is going.

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French president bans homework for students across the nation

Good news:No homework Bad news:That doesn't mean more work will be shoved down your throat in school.

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RE: French president bans homework for students across the nation

This is actually bringing some momentum and talking points to the "homework is/should be illegal" argument

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I've seen so much shit done to youth and for some reason, this has made me angrier than I've felt in years. Abuse and oppression happens all over the world. It's a terrible reality of modern society, but we've all accepted that it happens and we're doing what we can to fight it and build a better world.
But this...this mindless, condescending disrespect toward people who have no legal voice with which to defend themselves, this reduction of parents' betrayal into a cheap crack about kids being's like watching a surgeon joke about life insurance while his patient bleeds to death on the operating table. The media's job is to protect society from oppression and they've drawn a clear line between the people worth protecting and the people that don't matter. How can they people sleep at night?

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(02-09-2012 02:14 PM)Absentinsomniac Wrote:  The only solution is democratic self-paced education where students can excel in what they are good at and work on what their not if necessary, AT THEIR OWN DAMN PACE IN THEIR OWN DAMN WAY.

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