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Socialist French President Says Homework Is Unfair

October 17, 2012 by  

Socialist French President Says Homework Is Unfair

Schoolchildren in France may no longer have to do homework. French President Francois Hollande thinks that homework presents an unfair advantage for some students.

The socialist president doesn’t think it’s fair that some students get help from parents while others don’t. The answer to the problem: Don’t give kids homework.

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

Homework isn’t the only part of the school system that Hollande hopes to revamp. He plans to employ 60,000 new teachers and send more aid to struggling areas. But it is unclear where the extra funding will come from.

He also hopes to make the school day shorter. Currently, French students have one of the longest school days worldwide. They start at 8:30 a.m., and the last class gets out at 4:30 p.m.

Peter Gumbel, a British journalist who resides in France, told The Associated Press: “You have to tackle head-on the fundamental questions of the classroom, the sheer heaviness of the national curriculum, the enormous amount of hours, the enormous amount of unbroken attention required, and the sheer boredom and tiredness.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Vicki

    Pretty soon they will decide that reading books gives those who can read an unfair advantage.

    • Vigilant

      Vicki, Florida is now planning to do essentially that.

      “Asian students should be the smartest, and teachers will expect the least from blacks. That’s the case in Florida, at least, where the Board of Education has agreed to pass a revised plan that outlines new academic goals for students based on race.

      “Under the approved strategic revision, 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of whites, 81 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of blacks will be expected to read at or above their applicable reading grade levels in future tests. For math scores, they expect 92 percent of Asians, 80 percent of Hispanics and 74 percent of blacks to excel, suggesting that some races warrant a lower bar than others.”


      What’s so odd about all of this is that what appears to be a liberal program is actually based on “conservative” scientific findings that Asians have a slightly higher IQ, and blacks have a lower IQ, on average, than do whites.

      “The Bell Curve,” a pioneering book in IQ studies, virtually proved that nature has a stronger effect than nurture in forming innate IQ. It‘s not talked about in public, for obvious reasons, but it has been a standard amongst the specialists for some time.

      • Les

        So this kind of racism is ok since it’s coming from the social justice crowd?

      • Vigilant

        Science it is, racism it is not. The authors of The Bell Curve never started out with any preconceptions regarding the racial (not racist) nature of IQ. They were simply trying to determine why America was polarizing along economic lines, and tried to get to the root of the fact that elites of the intelligent were becoming more prevalent, while the size of the “lower” economic class was growing.

        They worked the cultural biases out of standard IQ tests, and even compared apples and apples by ensuring that test results were compared for participants of equal socioeconomic status.

        Their results were actually surprising to them, as somewhat “conventional” knowledge assumed that environmental factors were the key to describing disparities in test scores.

        What is so different, as I said, is that it has apparently been adopted by the “social justice” crowd in contradistinction to what would normally be described by the left as racist politics.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        I FIRMLY believe that children will excell UP to or DOWN to one’s expectations!!! I KNOW this to be true!!! I have personal knowledge about this! One of my sons was very shy. His teachers rarely called on him and his work was mediocre. In 1st and 2nd grade his grades were mostly C’s. In second grade his teacher put him in the lowest reading group. I expressed my concerns as he was reading 5th grade level books at home. She was adamant. At mid year they took standardized tests, the results of which were not released until spring. His scores in all subjects were in the 98-99% range. She apologized for misplacing him but his work at school was lackluster. Before 3rd grade started, I spoke with his teacher and asked her to treat him as she would a really smart child and to EXPECT him to excell! It made ALL the difference in the world! From then on, he got straight A’s and excelled! He was placed in advanced classes and always did well. This very shy child was almost lost to the system! I also know this because I volunteered in the schools for over 20 years. Children who were thought to be lost causes excelled when you let them know that they COULD and WOULD do it! Now I will admit that there are some children who just don’t learn no matter what you do, but for the vast majority, they will perform up to or down to your expectations!!!

      • Bill

        Nancy in Neb – to bad you were a volunteer. Seems there would be a hell of a lot smarter children in this world if you were the teacher.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Bill, I often “taught” one group of children while the teacher was teaching another group. I was the sole teacher of “keyboarding” for the third grade. I did individual tutoring in the hallways. I made lesson plans, gathered supplies and taught art (with other mothers) to all of the kindergarteners, so the teachers could get a break. I volunteered in the lunchrooms where I reinforced manners and self control. I volunteered on the playground for recess duty. Rather than standing in one place and playing policeman, I made rounds of the playground and “played” with the kids. Often it was as simple as “follow the leader”. I taught them the difference between “telling” (someone or someone’s property was in danger) vs “tattling” (everything else). I rewarding “telling” and punished “tattling”. I had no problems that could not be solved with two minutes of sitting on the curb. I love children!!! I enjoyed working with children! The biggest problem with education today is that too many people go into education because they don’t know what else to do. If we only had teachers who WANTED to be teachers, we wouldn’t have any problems in education!!!

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    • stopspending

      Typical socialist attitude. They can not provide help at home for some students so they dumb down everyone. A level playing field will mean ALL students learn less and the country will suffer. In 20 years, those undereducted students will be parents and then the system will have to be dumbed down more to accomodate their children. This is just stupid.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        I agree with you but for this one kernel of truth! Homework is meant to be practice for the student to see if they understand the concepts. Many parents give their children the answers and/or DO the homework for them. They are so determined that their children come out on top, that they cheat their children of learning! Those children reflect higher grades but not higher learning. One needs to decide, which is more important, grades or learning?!?

      • Steve E

        That’s why God made Private schools. He goes along with the concept that anything that is free is usually something that is not worth having.

  • rendarsmith

    And there’s the key objective of socialism: Fairness. Everything has to be “FAIR”. Well, here’s a news flash, LIFE’S NOT FAIR! If someone is born without legs, we have to cut off everyone else’s legs? This is going to dumb down some students, but the parents that push their kids to do well will still further educate their kids at home.

  • Rick

    Typical Socialist lower the standards rather than force the slackers to keep up or be left behind. Pinish the successsful rather then push the failing.

  • msbets


    • Warrior

      Oh quit worrying, gubmint has all types of programs that create jobs for the unedumacated. There’s public school bus drivers, cafeteria workers, janitors, landscapers, etc. And if you “know” someone, you may get a position that allows you to have a gun or get a job at your local city hall. Then you get to join a union and they will make sure you get your “fair share”.

      • Chester

        Warrior, better pick on someone other than school bus drivers. Guaranteed, with your attitude as demonstrated on here numerous times, you would not last out the first day before throwing up your hands and walking away. Not only is the driver responsible for the safety of all the children on his or her bus, but they have to stop verbal and physical assaults without ever laying a hand on any of the participants, remember who did what so at the end of the day they can write up a report on any illegal or immoral activities that took place on their bus. My experience behind the wheel of one of those rolling classrooms ended long before all the lawsuits had forced drivers to adopt the hands off rules. If you are worried about your reputation, for sure you do not want to drive a bus, as one kid can put you out of work, and quite possibly, behind bars, for something you did NOT do.

      • Nancy in Nebraska

        Chester, some people CHOOSE to be school bus drivers because they truly love children. They have a knack for understanding children and know how to get the behavior they want. They like the hours, they’re satisfied with the pay and THOSE are the people who SHOULD be school bus drivers! I will NEVER forget my children’s first school bus driver! His name was “Sarge”. He loved my children and my children loved him!!! I also will never forget some of those who carried a grudge and didn’t want to be there! The whole point is about CHOICE! Everyone should have choices and opportunities and not be forced into something they hate simply because they had no education to pursue what they really wanted.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Chester, the chip on your shoulder is not a chip but a tree trunk. Shrug it off already.

      • Warrior

        Chester, I think you missed my point. When I was a ute, in the city, there were few if any buses picking up kids for school. We walked. Now, I do understand, in the “country” there were buses to chauffer kids to schools. Now, flash forward to the 1970′s and we have this terrible dilema because minority children live too far away from good schools because the schools in their neighborhood are all minority. It is deemed that the only way these kids can get an equal edumacation is if we “bus” them to “white schools” and that will lift all boats. Well today, here in chicago, everyone gets “bussed around” regardless of which scrool they attend. This new way of life has now created 1,000′s of bus driver jobs at a cost of over $100 mil/yr to the city. I’m not denigrating the task, however, the edumacation required to drive a bus is, well, about as stringent as running 100 meters.

        Think about the function of tax accountants and tax attorneys. These occupations were “generated” by the gubmint. Both fields have extremely talented people. My opinion is their “talent” is wasted because the tasks they perform produce nothing! They’re just redistributing wealth.

        Our gubmint in their infinite wisdom creates these “make work” programs that frankly do not produce any value.

  • godhelpus

    So let’s punish the good students because they have parents who help. Maybe they should have some type of tutoring for the children’s parents that don’t want to help there children. This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

    • Nancy in Nebraska

      Unfortunately, that’s been tried over and over. Some parents just don’t WANT to help their children and don’t CARE if their children do well! It is a sad fact that you can’t do anything about! The best you can do is to treat EVERY child as if they’re smart and can learn! Hold high expectations and give praise where praise is due! Instead of “catching” the children doing something wrong, CATCH them doing something good! It makes a huge difference in how hard a child will try!

    • Nadzieja Batki

      Are you sure you want that Socialist/Leftist camel in the tent?
      If the parents need help for their children they will find a way to get it for them if they care for their own.
      But they are being forced to take the “help” with the coercion of the law. How would all the busybody social engineers make their living?

  • jhkjsdhkjhd

    There’s still a real country called France?

  • michael

    can you even imagine, this is the same marxist garbage that guides the president of the USA.

    • Steve E

      Obama didn’t do his homework. He was riding around with the Choom Gang. And then he became President.

  • Tom T

    How old is this Socialist clown?? 15? “Homework aint fair cause my english teacher don’t like me much as Caitlyn, Brittney and them!” Sound familiar to anyone who has or had a 15 year old? “Rich people should pay almost all their money taxes than anyone else um, cause they are rich they have the money” sound equally juvenile as well?
    Apparently in France even as here in the U. S. votes and popularity are based on appealing to the lowest common denominator.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      You have it right, Tom T.

  • Karin Moore

    The less they know the more easily they are herded. Farenheit 411

  • Ms. M

    Mastery-based education. Let that sink in for a moment. This is what is lacking in our public school systems. We put administration ahead of the children’s needs. We teach to ‘the test’ to obtain (I did not say ‘achieve’) ‘exemplary school’ status. We employ ‘bell curve’ theory to explain away the failures of the current system. No race or culture holds intellectual superiority over another; rather, it is common sense that those who excel academically very highly value learning because they understand the advantages inherent to education. It’s just that simple, folks. We would do far better in allowing children to progress at their own pace, provided they master the material by at least an 80% level. Why are we not talking about two years of vocational training at grades 11/12 for students who will not be going on to college? We turn out young people who are very ill prepared to take on the challenges of day-to-day living. Imagine where these concepts would lead us…..


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