Parents hold teachers hostage, demand firing of ‘tyrant’ educator

While people all over the world are “occupying” their local governments, police have refused to intervene after a group of parents have occupied the Notre-Dame de Caderot school in the south of France, taking several teachers and the school headmistress hostage, Le Figaro reports. The parents are angry about the quality of education their children are receiving and aim to get one teacher fired, the paper reports. Notre-Dame de Caderot is located in Berre l’Etang in southern France.

“We are very worried that the pupils are falling behind in school. We think our children are in danger,” Christophe Planes, one of the parents, told Le Figaro. “That’s why we have decided to hold the headmistress and a couple of teachers hostage. We want things to change.”

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French teachers strike over job cuts under Sarkozy

French teachers and their supporters took to the streets Tuesday for a national strike and protests over education job cuts under President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government, the Associated Press reports. As children nationwide packed into a shrinking number of classes because their teachers were out, Sarkozy insisted that his first responsibility was to workers and employers facing international competition at a time of economic woe, not state employees…

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Where did all the male teachers go? France worries that boy students may be suffering

There are too many women in English schools, declared British Prime Minister David Cameron. In order to restore authority in the classrooms, Cameron thinks that the presence of male teachers-who can show both “strength and sensibility -should be reinforced as soon as possible, TIME reports. The idea has been given some thought in France as well. An advisor close to French President Nicolas Sarkozy said “there are too many women teachers” and that the situation should be “more balanced.”

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