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Education at school is an old (and important) feature for the French Republic core...

 I'll write on the brand following young's in a next diary... But, teaching in a school with License, Master, Doctorate, in which the motto is to bring students to "Authorship", I'm quite discouraged by the non-willingness of the 20-24 age range to invest in themselves.

We manage (still, but for how long) in those five years to change completely their attitude toward life, society, ego, etc... But it's quite an ordeal, as when we get them, they just wait for "orders" !
They are often at loss when we allow them to choose a subject, as if it was, for them, the first time they had to choose something (sometimes it can even be on really stupid and anecdotical level, as a pen !!! )...

I believe we (as a society) focus a bit too much in diplomas ( or levels, or ranks, etc.)... Instead of basic culture!
I'm stricken, speaking with students that seems at first quite "normal" (for a student :-) ) that they often don't even know or care for the society in which they live. They can't even believe they can change, and their life, and the society with a few efforts...

One of the way we use to "break" a bit that attitude is to take them in foreign countries (as Turkey, Lebanon, South America, Asia ) and immerse them in local problems... And give them a chance to directly propose some answers to people there (it can be messy sometimes)!

 In fact they lack optimism and belief in ones... It's a whole public educational system that's sinking...!

(And don't get me on the reading part... The three R's have vanished from most programs) (a bit of ire there)!

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman

by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Mon Feb 26th, 2007 at 05:05:15 PM EST

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