France faces backlash over plan to extend school week

02/11/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Teachers, parents and city governments in France are protesting plans to add a half day of school for most students on Wednesday -- which typically is a day off -- and shorten the school day the remainder of the week. At issue, they say, is that the plan, crafted without their input, does not address the root of issues with the country's education system. "The difficulties facing our students and our schools need pedagogical responses," said Sébastien Sihr, general secretary of France's national union of primary schoolteachers.

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