If my mother sees me in this (very very) short skirt, she would kill me… So each time I wear it, I go out without saying her bye ^^
I dont know if you have heard about strikes of this times in France, but it is mess.
The governemment has made a reforme about the status of the teachers-researchers. According to them ( I try to be impartial and not give my opinion in order to describe the situation correctly), this reform is harmful for the education in french college.
You know, in France, colleges are almost free. What you pay is nothing if we compare with private schools. It isnt like in the USA. I explain. For instance, I m at La Sorbonne in economics. When I tell to foreign people that “I m at La Sorbonne”, they think that it is such a great thing. However, in France, the majority of the best student dont go to college like La Sorbonne, they choose to do a “prepa” (diminutive of preparatoire).
What is “prepa” ?
Prepa is two years of intense work, during which you only work, you dont go out, you loose your friends, you become an alcoholic depressive, you gain weight because you dont have time to practise sport (killing, every things are exaggerated I can reassure you). But it is two years after which you pass an exam in order to enter in a GREAT school (business, engineers, future politicians…). I did one year of “prepa” but I failed and I had to change my course. This year of “prepa” was fantastic despite the lack of sleep, the stress, the spirit of competition and hard work. It was a full year of development during which I learned more than I thought I could do, I grown up a lot and learned my limits. Because the french government invests a lot for its lovely students of “prepa”. It is not for nothing that they become the elite of the nation: education they receive is perfect.
And since september 2008, I am at La Sorbonne: what a change it was!!!
40 hours per week in “prepa” (not including the personal work at home) and about 22 hours at college…
Is there really such a huge gap between college education and “prepa” education? Yes there is, but not so huge. Actually, there are so many differences.
First, if you want to go to La Sorbonne, it isnt like Yale or Oxford. Almost everybody can come at La Sorbonne. If you want to do a “prepa” school, it is like Yale or Oxford: so selective. Of course, the best “prepa” school are located at Paris.
I not saying that you will not have a good job if you dont do a “prepa” school and after a big school. But it is more difficult , that’s all. The way of prepa simply make you be sure that you will suceed, not like the college.
I know I will suceed because the year of “prepa” gave me good working methods, an ability to understand things quickly and especially the desire of suceed. But for all those who were in high school last year and who are at “La Sorbonne” because they didnt know what they want to do, they will be among the 60% of pupils who fail the first year….. 60% can you imagine??!! So much
So you may ask why I speak about “prepa” and “La Sorbonne” whereas I begun the article talking about the strikes……
What is this reform about?
The modification of the decree of 1984 about the status of the teachers-researchers realizes the transfer of the career management of staff to colleges, which derives from the law of colleges’ autonomy. The reform give to the colleges the opportunity to “adjust” the teachers-researchers (distribution between teaching, research and administrative). It provides an evaluation, covering all their activities (of the teachers-researchers) every four years by the National Council of Universities (CNU, composed entirely of their peers). The question is to know if the CNU opinion will be followed by the university president. The decisions of the university presidents have to be motivated and public and the teacher-researcher can request a review, says the ministry. The teachers-researchers fear the arbitrariness of Presidents, an increase in teaching hours and an attack on their independence. In its version of the decree passed by the Council of State, Valérie Pécresse (minister of higher Education and Research) made two changes: a good teacher evaluated can not be imposed more hours during the reference service, and, more power was given at CNU in promotions. Changes that have not satisfied opponents.
There is also a reform about teacher education: from 2010 all primary and secondary level will be recruited to “master 2” (5 years of study after high school). And training is given to universities. In this context, the year of classroom training currently conducted in the 2nd year of IUFM (Teacher Training) will be deleted. According to students and teachers unions, internships observation during master 1 or 2 or the one (of 3 months) of responsibility for master 2 proposed instead will not replace the professional years. In addition, for them, the reform aims to save in 2010 thousands of teaching posts which are paid today.
And that why my teachers have decided to dont work at this time. I totally understand them because they think that the quality of education in colleges and their careers are seriously attacked (I m not saying that I agree, impartial I am)
But no class = no lesson = bad mark at the exam in may, and it is not what we need!!!
Give me back my school.
P.S: DO you like my tights ???
P.S: Sorry for all the mistaks in the article^^ I m not fluent in english I know