I hope some of you have been keeping up with the developments in Hollande's education reforms over the last few weeks. Well, now that seem to be more or less done and dusted.
What is now certain is that beginning school year 2013 there will be an increased school week to four and a half days. Children will go to school on Wednesday morning again. Homework will no longer be homework, since it will be considerably reduced and done at school. The school day will be a bit shorter. There are other things to sort out or give clear information on. One of the things that guided Hollande was that French education is lagging behind other European countries, the hours and school starting age were disparate and needed to be addressed.
Also, and highly significant, is that schools of teacher training are to be set up. Up until now it was not taught as a distinct profession as it is in other countries. Starting next year there will be teacher training courses and actual qualifications in education.
Look out for more detailed information on these important reforms as they appear in the very near future.