What do you think about homework?
This comment on the article also makes me think....do we waste too much money on sports and music, money that would be better spent on eduation?
Slight correction. French kids go to school Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, all long days, and a half day every other Saturday. Wednesday's are for sports and music interests of the students since they rightly don't consider this a real part of general education. Sports Clubs take care of sports, and private music teachers take care of music education.
I was appalled upon return to the States and going to a high school football game seeing the extravagance of this production both in facilities and the overblown marching bands and their on-field equipment. So much of our education funding goes to supporting professional sports and music, both of which don't create much in the way of career paths.
How do you think this would go over in the United States? French President François Hollande has said he will end homework as part of a series of reforms to overhaul the country’s education system.
And the reason he wants to ban homework?
He doesn’t think it is fair that some kids get help from their parents at home while children who come from disadvantaged families don’t. It’s an issue that goes well beyond France, and has been part of the reason that some Americans oppose homework too.
Hollande’s reform plans include increasing the number of teachers, moving the school week from four days to 4 1/2 days, overhauling the curriculum and taking steps to cut down on absenteeism.
“Education is priority,” Hollande was quoted as saying by France24.com at Paris’s Sorbonne University last week. “An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home,” as a way to ensure that students who have no help at home are not disadvantaged.