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France Bans Mothers, Fathers and Homework

French President Hollande has gotten off to a shaky start, but he’s determined to tackle the country’s most serious social problems: parents and homework. First, the Hollande administration announced a proposal to eliminate the terms “mother” and “father” from legal documents:

Legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage and give homosexual couples the right to adopt children also would replace the terms “mother” and “father” with “parent 1” and “parent 2” in all legal documents, including birth certificates.

The proposal has outraged France’s religious establishment and triggered a wave of criticism from many who say such changes to French law should be put to a public vote.

Next, Hollande unveiled another bold proposal to tackle inequality—banning homework. According to the Socialist government, the trouble with homework is that not all homes are equal. Better to keep the kids in school where the state can ensure that no child can have an advantage over another due to a superior home situation. The WSJ reports:

As Education Minister Vincent Peillon told Le Monde, the state needs to “support all students in their personal work, rather than abandon them to their private resources, including financial, as is too often the case today.” The problem, in other words, isn’t with homework per se. It’s that some homes are more conducive to homework than others.

It looks like this bill isn’t going to pass, but if it does, France can expect millions of American schoolchildren to claim political asylum. I have two nieces planning to go on a quick visit to Paris with their aunt. They may never come home.

It looks to me as if Hollande only needs two more laws to ensure re-election: If he bans broccoli and reduces the voting age to six, he can be president of France for as long as he wants.

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