Thursday, March 29, 2012
Polytechnique et Pantouflage
Henceforth, graduates of the Ecole Polytechnique who take jobs in the private sector ("pantouflage," in the picturesque slang expression) must reimburse the state for their education to the tune of €45 000 . Not quite Harvard or MIT tuition but getting up there. And the principle is now established at the very pinnacle of the republican educational system. Sciences Po has been charging tuition to some students for a while, but it's a semi-private institution. X, by contrast, has always been about state service, but in recent years 75% of its graduates have been going into the private sector.