Thursday, May 13, 2010

America Seen from France

I spend a lot of time looking at France from the US. Sylvie Laurent does the reverse. Her superb series of vignettes of L'Obamerique will amuse and instruct you. Highly recommended.

Schools

The Cour des Comptes has produced yet another report on French schools, this time from the standpoint of management of ends and means. The report is severe: management methods have not evolved since the 1950s despite major changes in the goals of the educational system; means are not appropriately proportioned to ends; officials do not have a good grasp of where funds are being expended and where additional sums are needed. OK. Now what?