Friday, August 21, 2009
French youth are afraid of the future, according to Olivier Galland. Actually, his thesis is rather more subtle than his title suggests, to judge by this review of his new book. What Galland apparently argues is that the French educational system has the effect of alienating a large segment of each age cohort by "fetishizing diplomas, leaving weaker students behind owing to an emphasis on elite education that is part of the republican tradition, and maintaining a façade of equality." The diagnosis is not new, but that doesn't detract from its pertinence.