I'm "borrowing" this You Tell Me... idea from Nathan Bransford who has my favorite blog. I wanted to get some feedback so... Y'all tell me...
Since my most read post is about homework, I thought I would revisit the issue. I've been asking around to get some personal stats from people that I know in different countries to see what school is like where they are--how much homework there is. So far I've gotten a little bit of feedback. A friend's little sister is on an exchange in Spain for the year (11th grade) and she said that she generally has 15 minutes of homework a night there compared to 4 hours of homework a night here. I figured the difference would be significant, but I was completely floored at how big it actually was. The classes that she mainly has homework in? foreign language.
A friend from Norway told me that they just lowered the age for school to start there 4 years ago from 7 to 6. He doesn't have any kids but he said that he knows they don't have any homework that first year. The reason they lowered the starting age? Pressure to have as many years of schooling as the rest of Europe. Most European countries have 10-12 years of school and Norway only had 9. Will it make for more educated kids? Will they be more well rounded?
I'm still waiting to hear from a friend in Switzerland, but I think they have a fair amount of homework there. I'm anxious to hear what she says. I'll let you know when I hear.
How about the rest of you who live in foreign countries or have lived there? Becky, what was it like in France? When I was there, I wasn't really aware of that kind of things, since I didn't have any kids then.