Fresh from raising the capital gains tax to 75%, France now wants to ban homework. Not because homework is an ineffective pedagogical tool but because “some homes are unconducive for studying” and those that are give some children an unfair advantage over their peers. As one commenter describes it, it’s a “no child gets ahead program”.
This grand idea hasn’t hit Connecticut yet (although I’m sure Malloy’s teacher union would delight in bringing all “learning” in-house), but eventually our own levelers will recognize that no matter how much of Fairfield County’s money is shifted to Hartford, a child of a sixteen-year-old illiterate crack mom will never achieve at the level of a student who goes home to a family that values education. Then what happens?