Socialist French President Says Homework Is Unfair
October 17, 2012 by Bryan Nash
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.”