Wednesday, September 04, 2013

LA RENTRÉE



The new school year started today. Summer holidays are over and kids are back at it. Parents are either sad to see their babies head to school for the first time, or happy for the free babysitting. Not much changes for me, I get up an hour earlier at 5.15 am, which I really enjoy. While I walk with Isabella to school, Victoria picks her up in the afternoon, a great split of duties that fits our own schedules perfectly. 

During my last trip to Austria I caught the news that the teacher's union in that country has successfully NOT negotiated a weekly two hour increase (from 18 to 20) in teaching time for their members. Those talks have been going on for 11 years without change since? This just re enforces my opinion about unions being obsolete in today's society. Union bosses getting fat pay checks while lemming members follow their orders without thinking for themselves.
In the same report I also heard that Austrian parents spent 100 million Euros annually on after school tutoring. And let's guess who to a large degree offers those services? Named teachers.....How is that for Socialism gone wild.

No surprise that there is a surge in home schooling and private schools. While I do firmly believe that education is extremely important and should be very affordable  to all, when you hear those stats you have to wonder how good can it be if it's free? When politicians (Unions are that) make up the curriculum and not professionals, you should question your child's education.  I know this may be an overly simplistic view of the matter, but really. 
To each their own. During our first year in France, Isabella went to an online school via Canada. While it was fantastic for her and us as she was able to breeze through the curriculum at her own pace and still succeeded at year's end, there was a missing component of socializing with peers.
Which is equally important to one's development as math and science. 

This is Isabella's second year of french schooling and we shall see what the next step is for her. It's not been easy last year, but she did really good overall. Despite our parental thinking of "We know best", I think kids have a much better gut feeling about what kind of learning suits their needs than us. 




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2 comments:

Nadege said...

I must have missed this post, which is really interesting! I so agree with you about unions. I am a "proud union member" (Local 706) in the movie industry. I personally think that unions have become corporations. Bill Moyers on PBS has had some great shows about unions. They've become complacent and will become obsolete until we will need them again (and we sure do). Like in politics, unions are not representing members anymore but their own interests.

I think Isabella is lucky to have parents so involved and she got the experience of studying on line and now, going to school, being bi-lingual and traveling a lot. It can only be good for the soul! Bonne rentree des classes!

H.Peter said...



I agree Nadege. There's a place for Unions. Just not in the way they perform these days.