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PARIS - Most primary schools in Paris shut down Tuesday as teachers went on strike over the Socialist government’s plans to make children attend classes five days a week, instead of the current four.
President Francois Hollande promised as part of his election campaign last year to add a half day of classes on Wednesday - currently a day off - and shorten the school day for the rest of the week.
His argument was that French kids’ education was suffering because they had one of the shortest school years in Europe but the longest school day. (via French teachers strike over having to work five-day week)

PARIS - Most primary schools in Paris shut down Tuesday as teachers went on strike over the Socialist government’s plans to make children attend classes five days a week, instead of the current four.

President Francois Hollande promised as part of his election campaign last year to add a half day of classes on Wednesday - currently a day off - and shorten the school day for the rest of the week.

His argument was that French kids’ education was suffering because they had one of the shortest school years in Europe but the longest school day. (via French teachers strike over having to work five-day week)

Lessons from Abroad: French president proposes homework ban

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French President Francois Hollande has a new plan to fix economic inequality problems in his country: ban homework.

The move, designed to level the playing field between students who get help from their families at home and those who don’t, is just one piece of reforms proposed by Hollande.

A group of French parents and teachers have called for a two-week boycott of homework in schools, saying it is useless, tiring and reinforces inequalities between children.
They say homework pushes the responsibility for learning on parents and causes rows between themselves and their children. And they conclude children would be better off reading a book. (via French parents to boycott homework | World news | guardian.co.uk)

A group of French parents and teachers have called for a two-week boycott of homework in schools, saying it is useless, tiring and reinforces inequalities between children.

They say homework pushes the responsibility for learning on parents and causes rows between themselves and their children. And they conclude children would be better off reading a book. (via French parents to boycott homework | World news | guardian.co.uk)

Less than a year after France’s education minister, Luc Chatel, kicked off a national campaign to improve foreign language skills, the country’s national distance learning institute, Cned, has launched a free website for English learners, backed by $4m of government funding.
[FRANCE] EI’s French affiliates, SE-UNSA and SNUIPP, have condemned a government plan to ask teachers to test children as young as five on their behaviour and learning abilities.
The government is seeking to classify pupils into one of the three categories: nothing to report, risk, and high risk. Children’s evaluation would be based on four skills: behaviour at school, language, mobility, and phonology (awareness of individual sounds).
According to the Education Ministry, this evaluation will be an ‘identification tool’ for pre-school students who ‘show signs that they pose a risk to learning.’ It is supposed to ‘identify each student’s needs in preparation for primary school.’ (via Education International - France: Unions oppose government plan to test pupils from pre-school)

[FRANCE] EI’s French affiliates, SE-UNSA and SNUIPP, have condemned a government plan to ask teachers to test children as young as five on their behaviour and learning abilities.

The government is seeking to classify pupils into one of the three categories: nothing to report, risk, and high risk. Children’s evaluation would be based on four skills: behaviour at school, language, mobility, and phonology (awareness of individual sounds).

According to the Education Ministry, this evaluation will be an ‘identification tool’ for pre-school students who ‘show signs that they pose a risk to learning.’ It is supposed to ‘identify each student’s needs in preparation for primary school.’ (via Education International - France: Unions oppose government plan to test pupils from pre-school)

PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of French teachers and their supporters took to the streets Tuesday for a national strike and protests over education job cuts under President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government.

As children nationwide packed into a shrinking number of classes because their teachers were out, Sarkozy insisted that his first responsibility was to private-sector workers and employers facing international competition at a time of economic woe, not state employees.