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You HAVE to read this:

If you are going to learn anything at all from my blog/if you are even vaguely interested in the French education system (or indeed "France"/"The French"), you HAVE to read this article:


Like totally explains why my children freak right out when I say they have the "droit" (the right) to say "I've got pink hair" as long as they say it in English/why they ask me a million and one questions about how many lines they should leave between the title and the list of words. Very interesting.

And if you can't be bothered to read it, at least take this: "But then my son bursts into tears when I inadvertently sign his school papers with a red pen after the teacher had specified a black or blue pen. What I am supposed to say at this point? "Well, son, my deepest apologies for my ignorance of the desired pen colour and I promise to always have a black or blue pen on hand for future occurrences so that the you and the teacher will know that I respect his authority." Or, will my son still turn out a functioning, happy member of French society if I do what I actually do: roll my eyes, sigh heavily, and loudly grumble, "For God's sake, who cares what colour the pen is? I signed it, didn't I?!"

Now, there are uptight teachers everywhere, of course, and lots of expat kids do just fine in the French school system. But ask any expat parent or, for that matter, any former French education minister: French teachers really do have a very specific idea of what is a "good student" or the "right way of doing things".

Posted by LHsugarsugar 11:46

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