Reporters on the Job
• Homework in China: China is loosening up its educational system – encouraging more independent thinking and creativity (see story) – just when many US school systems are going 'back to basics' in an attempt to raise standards. But in China, those 'basics' are drummed into children in a fashion few American kids would recognize. Staff writer Peter Ford's 16 -year-old son, Robin (who attends the French Lycée school in Beijing) spent a couple of weeks with a Chinese family in Nanjing, attending Chinese school with an exchange partner. He returned home astonished by his Chinese friend's workload.Skip to next paragraph
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"He did homework half the weekend," Robin reported ,"and worked after I had gone to bed each night. He had way too much homework to be able to grow up like a normal child. "
– David Clark Scott
This Week's Look Ahead
• Monday, May 14:
Adelaide, Australia – Confessed Taliban combatant David Hicks returns from five years at Guantanamo Bay to serve nine-month sentence in his hometown.
Quito, Ecuador – President Correa to unveil a banking bill to lower interest rates.
Belgrade, Serbia – Deadline for Serbia to form a government or elections must be held.
• Tuesday, May 15:
Moscow – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Russia.
• Saturday, May 19:
Bucharest, Romania – National referendum on whether to impeach suspended President Traian Basescu. Critics accuse him of abusing his position, but he's popular
– Associated Press, Reuters