And Italy's three-month summer holiday is often seen as excessive, especially when compared with some other European countries.
Across the border in France, pupils are given eight weeks outside the classroom, while in Germany there are around six weeks of summer holidays.
more Reformers in the Progressive Era (from the 1890s to 1920s) depicted homework as a “sin” that deprived children of their playtime. Yet there are many parents who feel that from early on, children need to do homework if they are to succeed in an increasingly competitive academic culture.
School administrators and policy makers have also weighed in, proposing various policies on homework. For the last 10 years, my colleagues and I have been investigating international patterns in homework using databases like the Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).
Of course, God would never answer the prayers of little American boys and girls — but he has heard the cries of French schoolchildren, and their wish is now, almost, a reality.
François Hollande, the president of France, just announced that part of his plan for education reform includes a ban on all homework.
It was nice to make the decision before and not end up with it at the finish, like before."Boasson Hagen won two Tour de France stages with Team Sky during his much-hyped younger years, and this is his first since joining Dimension Data in 2015.
After Mark Cavendish crashed out on stage 4, the 30-year-old has taken up the mantle for the team."It was a pity when we lost Mark but the team was motivated for the whole Tour de France from the beginning.
Italian students are given an average of 8.7 hours of homework every week according to a 2016 Business Insider survey.
The only country where children get more homework is Russia, with 9.7 hours.