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April 29, 2003
Drinks with Antoine (1) The Baccalauriat

We're at my nearest pub, and I ask my friend Antoine Clarke what I'm going to put here. I also tell him I mustn't get too drunk and fail to put anything at all.

First, he tells me about what's been happening to the French Baccalauriat (what with him having been French educated), which is what French boys and girls do while ours are doing A levels or GCSEs. It used to be that they got very little choice of subjects and were obliged to generalise. But recently, they've greatly increased the number of subjects from which you can pick, and that means that if you want to you can pick five subjects in a very closely related area, and end up doing a very specialised clutch of studies. I'm not saying that this is good or bad. I'm just saying. Meanwhile, there's talk in England of copying the original version of the Baccalauriat, to get our boys and girls to specialise less. So it looks as if we and France might be doing a switch here.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 10:55 PM
Category: Examinations and qualifications
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