Learned this morning that in France, school kids have 4 day weeks, 2 hour lunchs and there is legislation being looked at right now to ban homework. It seems that a substantial amount of kids don't have parents who will help with said homework and that would put them at an unfair advantage so all work will have to be done at school. Also heard that Spain has a 3 hours lunch which explains why you will never see a Spanish flag on the moon.
I know of one school in the valley does the same thing for somewhat the same reason. Parents, for whatever reason, are inconsisent in getting homework done so none is sent home. Is that bad? Not sure.
Read an interesting article also this week about college and how in ten years time, it will all be done on the internet and it will all be free. Imagine, no more student loans issues and everyone who has access to a computer, could get a college degree. There is legistation pending here to give all high school seniors, laptops. In a perfect world I would all over that but I understand that this is less than a perfect world. If I was given a laptop, I can guarantee it would be sold/traded immmediately for cash to be more important things, like alcohol. There are many more households now where this would be the likely scenrio and the kid is left holding the bag. The same parents who can't/won't do help with homework would most certainly be heavily involved in a laptop program and not in a good way.
Technology is changing the world faster than we can keep up with, emotionally. There are such possiblilites and this young minds are finding new ways to do things, everyday. I am amazed at the ideas, that seem to come so naturally to them.
Move to France? Probably not. Closer to DisneyWorld? Now you are talking. If they are right and school goes online, it won't matter where one lives. Imagine, never having to, imagine...
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org at Wednesday, October 17, 2012