The proviseur said:”We need to talk to you parents who have experience of both systems and we need to keep our British teachers as they will now start to teach our French pupils. We want to open up our very Francophone school to England, to the England that lies outside our doors.”
I asked: “Is this a pilot scheme for an eventual pan-European system of education and certification? A bit like an educational euro zone? Is this what we are looking at in the next 10 to 20 years?”
As one mother said: “If your child wishes to become a vet in British education, it is impossible with a bac or an I.B. They will only accept A’levels. The British are chauvinist about their system just as we are about ours”.
One parent asked “How is history going to be taught? Will there be a special textbook? I imagine the German point of view on World War II is rather different from the French view.”
He has a point. French perspective on history is very different from the British. For instance Dunkirk, for the French, was an example of English cowardice, hence the phrase ‘filer à l’anglaise’ (run away like the English) whereas for the British, it was our finest hour.