Thursday, September 9, 2010
Nothing like a spot of controversy to start the new term. There has been an interesting debate going on in the French press concerning the effectiveness of the French education system, thought to be one of the most rigorous in Europe. Adding spice to the argument is that the book highlighting the system's shortcomings is written by an Englishman working as a lecturer in the prestigious Sciences-Po in Paris. This story was taken from the blog frenchteacher.blogspot.com and makes for very thought-provoking reading. Peter Gumbel reveals how, in his view, the education system in France is highly selective while also demotivating a large number of the average to weaker pupils. He also goes on to criticize how French schools do not cater fully for the other educational skills which help adolescents to develop for example, sport, drama and music. Here is the link to the original story in the Nouvel Observateur and a further article in the Guardian.