Friday, December 14, 2012


France is moving toward a legal ban on homework.

Expect the American congress to pass a resolution renaming it "Freedom Work" soon.

1 comment:

  1. I came to this blog specifically to post a link to this article. Since a link to the article turns out to be the entirety of the blog, I guess I'm only left to say something smart. God, I wish i'd known that before I came here.

    I have two things to say, though neither of them is actually smart.

    (1) The money quote is in the penultimate paragraph: "Americans have an egalitarian approach to inequality: they want everyone to have an equal chance to become better-off than everyone else."

    This is exactly true, and something I have realized before, although I never quite connected it to education. It is also absolutely, demonstrably NOT in actual effect in education, and just maybe the disconnect between this ideal and this reality is something that could actually spur education reform here, if it were communicated loudly enough. There's an irony to this pipe-dream, of course: this quest for equal access to increased inequality, translated to educational reform, is a trojan horse for increased equality. Not that it has any chance of becoming reality, mind.

    (2) the last paragraph is, I think, wrong to a word. The argument there is that rich parents want less homework so that their kids can spend more time practicing the violin, while poor parents want more homework so their kids won't be out joining gangs. In this, I'm afraid, M. Menand's view of both sets of parents is a bit Hollywooded. No parent, I think, wishes their kid had more homework, but poor parents, who are more likely to be ideologically against education per se, are more likely to resent any homework at all, if they have time to notice between their three part-time, minimum-wage jobs.