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President of France Wants to Ban Homework Because It's "Not Fair" to Disadvantaged

Dorothy152 Wrote: Oct 18, 2012 11:39 AM
Banning homework or not banning homework is a stupid issue. The issue is the attention and effort parents put into educating and helping their offspring develop the ability and skills to survive and become productive individuals in a civilized society. The ability to reproduce is simple, but the ability to produce successful offspring takes effort and ability. With 12 years of free schooling available to our children in the US, as someone who survived well with 9 year in the war torn U.K.. I think we would have fewer failures if we addressed real problems instead of allowing and making excuses for failed parenting and failed schools. Why not lengthen the school year? Children are no longer needed to bring in the crops
Blair31 Wrote: Oct 18, 2012 12:07 PM
There's a move here to ban homework too. What kid wouldn't want to say "No homework," when asked by
Mom and Dad, and NOT get caught in a lie? Although here, the argument is "fairness" . It's the length of
time a student has to do it all. Five subjects=five hours of homework. Assuming a kid starts his/her homework at three o'clock, he/she, would complete it at eight o'clock. Here, it's not the POTUS who's calling for the ban on homework. It's actually parents, teachers, and students.
SpaceVegetable Wrote: Oct 19, 2012 4:41 PM
I would support having less homework if the students were in school for a full day. They could use some of that extra time in school to do some of their independent work. Of course, the teachers unions will never let that happen.

I wish I was making this up, and it certainly sounds like it's something straight out of The Onion, yet here it is, on a Washington Post headline: French president pushing homework ban as part of ed reforms.

Reason for the homework ban?

Francois Hollande doesn’t think it is fair that some kids get homework help from their parents while children who come from disadvantaged families don’t.

Instead, Hollande wants to hire more...

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