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The Hardest Question: Explaining the Paris Attacks to My Child

Time – Vivienne Walt

“As the city grapples to understand how the attacks might transform their lives, there are millions of Parisians still struggling to put their questions into words: The children. For days they have seen an outpouring of shocked emotions and actions from the adults, watching largely silently from knee height. But now, as the adults return to work on Monday morning and the kids go back to school, teachers are bracing for doubts and questions—and wondering how to address them, and even if there are answers that would make sense to a generation born after 9/11, in a benign, gentle city where until recently terrorism has been relatively foreign and remote.”(more)

Tearful Eiffel Tower helps French schoolchildren absorb Paris attacks

The Guardian – Mark Tran

“France’s education ministry has endorsed a leaflet aimed at helping primary school-age children understand and discuss last week’s Paris terror attacks. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the education minister, tweeted her support for teachers on Monday as classes resumed. “I’m thinking deeply of our teachers who need to be strong in front of their pupils. We are with them,” she wrote. Her department pointed teachers to a two-page leaflet produced by Bayard Jeunesse, a publisher for children, which was circulated on social media over the weekend.”(more)

Parenting classes take France by storm

Global Post – Staff Writer

“Classes teaching how to be better moms and dads, which have long flourished in English-speaking countries, have begun taking France by storm.”(more)

Mandarin Enjoy Growing Popularity in France

Women of China – Li Xiang

“Ma Yansheng, an education counselor at the Chinese embassy, says the number of French students learning Chinese will continue to grow as China’s influence and economic strength rise. “Many of them are very optimistic about China’s economic growth and see Chinese as a must-have skill and an effective tool for communication, especially in business,” Ma says. “But language is more than a tool. It is also a bridge for cultural exchange…””(more)

Pencils Down? French Plan Would End Homework

NPR – Eleanor Beardsley

“In the name of equality, the French government has proposed doing away with homework in elementary and junior high school. French President Francois Hollande argues that homework penalizes children with difficult home situations, but even the people whom the proposal is supposed to help disagree.”(more)