French president wants to ban homework

Francois Hollande's reforms aim to promote equality in education

By Natasha Lennard

Published October 17, 2012 6:32PM (EDT)


France's President Francois Hollande plans to ban school homework. It's not just the populist move of the century to win the hearts of soon-to-be voters, Hollande's plan aims to assert greater equality in the education system.

The recently elected socialist president announced his education reform proposal last week. "An education program is, by definition, a societal program. Work should be done at school, rather than at home," Hollande said. Under the plan, the school week would be slightly extended to compensate for axing homework.

France's Education Minister Vincent Peillon told Le Monde, the state needs to "support all students in their personal work, rather than abandon them to their private resources, including financial, as is too often the case today." The Wall Street Journal's opinion section -- displaying expected ideological opposition to Hollande's socialist agenda -- called Hollande "out of step" and noted that "more than two-thirds of the country would oppose the ban, according to an Ifop poll."

Hollande also wants to add 60,000 teaching positions to the French school system in coming years.



Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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