France to ban homework for students

Father doing homework with his daughter  
By: John Roberts 

(Scroll down for video) The president of France has announced a plan for a government ban on all homework for school children, according to reports.

French President François Hollande has said he will finish the task as part of a series of reforms to reform the country's troubling education system.

In explaining the ban the president said: “I do not think it's fair that some children receive help from their parents at home, while children from poor families do not. It is an issue that goes far beyond France, and has been part of the reason why some Americans oppose the task well.”

Hollande reform plans include increasing the number of teachers, increase the four-day school week up to 4 1/2 days, reviewing the curriculum and the adoption of measures to reduce absenteeism.

"Education is a priority," Hollande was quoted as saying by the local newspaper last week. "An education program is, by definition, a social program. Work should be done in school, rather than at home, as a way to ensure that students who do not have help at home are not disadvantaged,” he said.

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