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I'd say French high schools gives you a good opportunity to develop argumentation and writing skills. Lots of essay and commentary writing in literature, foreign languages, history, geography philosophy, etc. Professors are also fairly sensitive to critical thinking and many would grade a somewhat lacunar but well-structured argument higher than a rote-perfect recitation of the lesson. Evaluation for math and sciences are also mostly based on problem solving, which gives a good grounding in structured argumentation.

And as a jab to SAT-style evaluation, multiple-choice questionnaires were a no-no for student evaluation in my time. Dunno what's going on now, though.
by Francois in Paris on Sun Mar 26th, 2006 at 11:32:47 AM EST
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