Dutch Student Protests organized via instant messaging
November 27th, 2007

Dutch high school students have been “on strike” this week, protesting against extra school hours. Students spread word to join protests on Friday and Monday using online and mobile phone text messages.

via Yahoo!News
by way ofA Lethe by Toby Sterling

The unrest was in response to an annual increase of 26 hours in the classroom, which the Education Ministry said was needed to raise standards and help students “master lessons.” There are now 1,040 classroom hours in the Dutch school year.

Students argue that the schools were merely forcing them to spend more time in “study halls” to do homework, but no teaching takes place.

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