Living in the Languedoc: The Education System
The French education system, mainly state run, is regarded one of best in the World.
It has achieved this simply by declining to follow trendy half-witted theoreticians such as those who have wrecked the British state system over the last generation or two.
The main disadvantage of the French schools
in general, and Languedoc schools in particular, is that they
still rely heavily on rote learning and similar old-fashioned
methods, and all attempts at enquiry, original thought or
creativity are severely discouraged right up to and including
undergraduate level. The system is therefore particularly
good at turning out ready-made, loyal, unquestioning state
functionaires, and indeed could almost have been designed
for exactly that purpose.
French Educational System
most French schools are run by the state.
include Nursery, Primary and Secondary establishments.
repeat or move up a year
This means that particularly slow ones may have to repeat a yearly bright ones may skip a year.
Various groups of children, including disabled children, disruptive children and children specialising in particular subjects are catered for in
exist but they are mainly bilingual or religious establishments.
Education in France is still primarily a tool of the state, designed to help build a nation out of many disparate regions.
The heavy centralising hand is therefore evident in almost every aspect of education, and not only the sylabus.
In France, more than in English speaking countries,
provides the key to a successful career, especially in the state sector.
in France are state employees (functionaires).
In recent years some moves have been made to devolve powers from Paris to the Regions and even lower levels of local government.
Regional and other devolved powers
are still limited.
Trends in education
include continued devolution and, as in other countries, increased numbers of children staying in education longer.
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