One of my comrade at arms in education reform was just telling me about one of her husband's colleagues, a high-ranking employee of a large, multinational corporation and father of a five-year-old boy. Apparently he recently relocated to a branch office in Lyons, France, largely because his son did not get into any of the elite U.S. schools they applied to. Public education in France, he'd heard, is much better than public education here.
Monday, December 20, 2010
A few months into it, however, he's having second thoughts. His son's teachers, apparently, insist on telling their students what to do and don't give them the freedom to follow their interests and be creative. Worse, they're downright aloof, often addressing the children in a sterner tone than his son has ever before experienced. "They really don't seem to care about connecting with their students and attending to their emotional needs," he laments.
It doesn't seem to have crossed his mind that there might be a positive connection between these troubling idiosyncrasies and the academic superiority of the French system.