Teaching schedules that are more or less respectful, extensive teaching tools, and insufficient evaluations… According to the principal inspector’s recent report on “Secondary Education” (CM1 and CM2), the gap between primary and university education is growing. There is reason to be concerned at this critical juncture.
Inspectors observed 160 classes in 29 departments across France and discovered that the Republic’s students were not in the same boat. The breaks varied from one hour to more than three hours per week, according to the school, “resulting in significant unequal treatment of students.” Working from home has a lot of advantages and disadvantages. When nearly all teachers do both oral and written work – the latter was banned by a 1956 circular in the name of student equality – the difference is significant, and individual work is less in disadvantaged schools.