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Gooey Lemon Lime Salted Butter Slice ( Toys - manual or machine post)

Asparagus Appero Velouté ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Oeuf Mollet ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Fresh Asparagus ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Strawberry Fool (Temperatures Rising post)

Death and Co (Desperate Target post)

Susie's Tian ( Summer Bliss post)

Spiced Up Chocolate Mousse ( Mummy Porn? post)

Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet ( Pizza Face post)

Cottage Cheese Salad ( Ouch! post)

Sunday Chilli ( Co Co CO Communication post)

Resolution Chicken Soup ( Sunshine and Joy post)

6 Minute Succulent Foie Gras ( Foie Gras Shortcut post)

Carrot & Coconut Spiced Soup ( Charm and Charme post)

Amaretto Chocolate Cake ( Autumn Dash post)

Sunday Supper Fettucini ( Haircut Hell post)

Susie's Fennel Seed and Lime Chicken (The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Nigella's Coconut Rice ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Cherry Tomato Curry ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Old Fashioned ( Navigation Nightmares post)

End of Summer Apple Tart (Keeping Up post)

Warm Ravioli du Dauphiné Salad ( Cold Summer, Warm Salad post )

Pecorino, Tuna, Fresh Basil and Summer Tomato Salad (Salad Days post)

Easiest Dreamiest Dark Chocolate Ice cream ( Beware Pigeon post)

Ginger Kisses ( Mmmwah Mmmwah Dahling! post)

A "Lucky Stiff" Cocktail ( Are we all chambermaids ? post)

Blueberry, Banana, Carrot Smoothie ( Get Thin, Get Thin, Get Thin post)

Chilled Cucumber and Coriander Soup ( Husbands who do Housework post)

Pear, Almond, Dark Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake ( Go Dutch! post)

Orgasmic Dark Chocolate and Lime Zest Gateau (Loss is Plus post)

Warm Parsnip Salad (Season's Parsnip post)

Champagne and Raspberry Gratin(Champagne! post)

Laksa ( Getting On post)

Cheat's Christmas Cake ( Last Minute Madness post)

Pecan Pie ( The Joy of "Thanks" post )

Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies ( Antumn Brownie post)

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Fudge Cake ( Christmas... Already ? post )

Foie Gras Sauternes Terrine ( Oh, To be a Duck post )

Fig Pear Apple Spiced Almond Crumble ( Linguistic LOL post )

Pepper, Fresh Tomato,Garlic, Serrano, Pasta Shells ( God Give us Parity post)

Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy for Colds ( Husbands with Colds post)

Autumn Tomato Soup ( Big Noise post)

Chocolate Mountain Crisp Cookies ( working, WORKING, Mothering, Exploding post)

Inspired Chicken Liver Paté ( Everything's Gone Retro post)

Spiced Apple Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Butter Icing ( Body Balance post )

Raspberry, White Peach and Limoncello Cups ( Disdain and More Summer Pudding #3 post )

Very Berry Summer Pudding ( Very Berry, Summer Puddings #2 post )

Minted Peach Soup ( Back to School, Summer Puddings #1 post )

Full Fibre Toasted Muesli ( World Cup Fever? post)

Energy Spring Salad ( Energy Spring Salad post)

Chicken Breast Tossed in Basilled Gremolato (Gremolato GOGO post)

Osso Bucco ( Monday Osso Bucco post)

Moistest Almond Expresso Cake with Coffee Butter Icing ( The Cake Which Gets you What you Want...Anything! post)

Red Pepper Tomato Tuna Pasta Bake (Pasta Bake for really Frustrated Mothers post )

Spring Strawberry & Blueberry Spiced Crumble (Dessert for a Spring Evening post )

Quinoa Asparagus Feta Salad (Annual Cringe post)

Lavender Dream Ice Cream ( Lavender Dream post)

Nasturtium, Cream Cheese & Ham Sandwiches ( Flower Power post)

Best Potato Salad Ever ( First Spring BBQ post)

Basil, Chive, Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms ( Portobello Fresh post)

Balsamic Berry Salad ( Berry Power post)

Moist Raspberry and Lemon Zest Dessert Cake ( pre Wedding Supper post )

Mackerel Crumble (Omega Me post)

NYC Pecan and Choc Chip Cookies (MyAmericanMarket.com post)

Stawberry and Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil and Mint ( Salad Days post)

Spring Detox Smoothie ( Incredible Blimp post )

Baked Cinnamon and Orange Zest Cheesecake( On Cheesecake post)

Blood Orange Braised Endives (Beautiful Blood Oranges post )

Egg Free Choc Mousse ( Orgasmic Choc Mousse post)

Timeless Onion Soup ( Mid-Term Suppers post)

Caper, Red Onion & Bacon Tart ( Late Lunch Tart post )

Dale's Poisson Cru ( Don't Tell Them its Raw post )

Duck Sausage Curry ( Mid Week Bangers post )

Easy Crepes with various toppings (Its "Crepe Day" in France post)

Red Onion Tart (Winter Suppers Again - Classic Red Onion Tart post )

Classic NYC Bloody Mary ( Hangover Brunch Cure post)

Pesto Salmon (more Winter Suppers, Pesto Salmon post)

Soothing Lemon Soufflé ( Winter Suppers - Back to easy desserts post )

Mash and Variations (Winter Suppers 3 - The Glory of Mashed Potato post)

Braised Vegetable Hot Pot with Espelette Chicken ( see Winter Suppers 2 post)

French Apple Tart, Unadulterated ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Spicey Chorizo Tomato Spaghetti ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Veal/Veau Orloff, Julia Child (Just what is Veau Orloff post)

Christmas Detox Hints ( Over Christmas post)

Espuma Roquefort, Celery, Panacetta (We Workshopped post) Mille Feuilles Sud Ouest (We Workshopped post)

Gourmet Classic Egg Nog (Christmas Spirit post)

Lemon Roasted Chicken (ps More on Backdoor post)

Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake ( Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake post)

Black Ink Spaghetti with Shellfish (Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia post)

Boeuf Bourguignon, Simple ( Food is Love post)

Smoked Salmon, Dill, Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs (One Plate Brunch post)

Heavenly Green Soup ( Things Green post)

Dark Chocolate & Chestnut Muffins ( see Sunday Muffin post)

Rhubard, Cardomom & Lime Muffins ( Sunday Muffin post)

Date, Walnut & Marscapone, Lemon Zest Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Apple , Pecan, Toasted Rolled Oats Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Susie's Red Wine Sausage Hot-Pot ( see Perspectives Men & Women post)

Mother's Pumpkin Soup ( see 70's Orange post)

Mimosa ( see Back to Brunch post )

Chestnut Panna Cotta

Artichoke Risotto

Risotto alla milanese/Saffron Risotto

Susie's Side Artichokes

Slow Poached Figs with Amaretti Biscuits

Janice's Fig Preserves ( see Getting Figgy post)

Chicken and Prawn Thai Green Curry

Mother's Waldorf Salad

Cherry Tomato and Pistachio Deep Dish Tart

Walnut Tart

Green Crunch Salald

Gorgonzola & Parsley Fettucini

Berry Pavlova

Susie's Pesto - Parsley and Walnut, Basil and Pinenut

Tomato Home-Tapenade Poached Chicken Easy Tart

Susie's Comfort Risotto

Pat's Basil & Corn Soup

Susie's Raspberry & Lemon Zest Tiramisu

Chicken Stock

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Saturday, 2 October 2010

BIG NOISE

Enlightenment about the French National Education System hits the international press.

How many anglo/americans living in France jumped for joy when they found the article about French education nationale in last week's Time magazine?

Peter Gumbel, author of On Achève Bien les Ecoliers, is polite enough to refer to Education Nationale as "bloated,old-fashioned." 

This DesperateAngloHousewife would go to further extremes and add constipated, draconian  and jurassic to the list.


Knowing well that I shouldn't criticise my host country I am nonetheless at a loss when it comes to the French education system. I have watched my own French children, France's future, being battered psychologically by a system and its teachers who belong more in the 18th century than today.


My negative experience with inhuman teachers started when my daughter was 3...I was called up to school by her kindergarten teacher for a "very serious matter"...she couldn't trace a " w!!" I kid you not!! The same teacher continued to tell me that my daughter would be " handicapped" ( her word, not mine) as she was English!! My daughter was born in France and her mother is a kiwi!


My son, an A grade student, coped well in the system until his first year at Lycée/High School. 
He was accepted into an elite accelerated maths programme. At 15, for the first time in his life, his grades took a major tumble. The spiral continued throughout the year. He told me stories about other class mates whose parents punished them for grades below 16/20. 


The teachers didn't seem to support the students, there was little communication. At the first mid-term break, 6 weeks into the school year, the school had already started to chuck out the "failing" students. A school with 15 classes at 2nd/5th Form level, the failing, otherwise brilliant, students were asked to leave the school. They were not even allowed to integrate into a regular, normal academic level class. At the end of the school year my son was also "invited" to leave the school with no opening into a mainstream class the following year. It was really a case of...you are the top students, you can come into the top class but the bottom 40% of you will be considered as total losers and can go elsewhere!
My son is now in "normal" high school. He is happy, relaxed and his grades have never been better. 


Why is it that the system is even tougher for the brightest students? How can you crush the self esteem of any school child let alone the top students. 


Until I placed my daughter into a private school I can honestly say that I NEVER experienced either of my children being encouraged at school. The attitude seems to be...let me tell you everything that is bad and useless/"nul" without praising any good work at all. How many times have I seen a perfect piece of work coming back with the word " vu"/seen scribbled at the bottom in the absence of any encouraging praise to continue the good work. As for originality, forget it! No wonder students have no curiosity, it's simply not encouraged!! They are simply forced to regurgitate information -  memorised and rarely understood or analysed.


I look back to my own education in New Zealand. I LOVED school, I was HAPPY there..I cried when I left school. We were treated as individuals, praised for good work and, where necesssary, encouraged to improve. We had prize-giving ( where there was always a "best improved" prize), sports days, music and drama evenings, clubs, houses and, above all, teachers we absolutely worshipped.


France needs to catch up with the rest of the world. And fast!




Time to stop throwing tomatoes...here's something more constructive, Autumn Tomato Soup. A simple, easy recipe.

I love cooking with the last tomatoes of summer -  whether chutneys,salads, sauces or soups, these end of season tomatoes are ripe, aromatic and full of vitamins.

Autumn Tomato Soup

Susie's Autumn Tomato Soup
8 large, juicy tomatoes
6 carrots
2 stalks of celery
8 cloves of garlic
1 litre good chicken stock/bouillon
salt, pepper, piment d'espellete
creme fraiche to serve

Chop up veg and put into a pressure cooker with chicken stock, salt and pepper.
Cook for 40 mins.
Mix well, add a little water if necessary.
Push mixture through a sieve*.
Heat and serve with a dollop of creme fraiche and a sprinkle of piment d'espelette.



* Pushing the mixture through a sieve/chinois





6 comments:

  1. Thanks for referring to my article in TIME. My book on the demeaning classroom culture of French schools was published by Grasset last month. It's called "On achève bien les écoliers" (which translates as, "They Shoot Schoolchildren, Don't They"). To find out more, including the Facebook page with reviews and a discussion of French schools, I invite you to visit my website. Thanks!

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  2. Susie, thanks for picking up my TIME piece. My book on the demeaning classroom culture of French schools was published by Grasset last month. You can find out more on my website, www.petergumbel.fr

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  3. @ Peter.I also see there is an article in The French Paper. Excellent. I have already ordered your book and look forward to its arrival. I shall add your website to my website links. Kindest regards, Susie

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  4. Suzy I have to say a huge thks for your post about french education. I have been here for 5 years and too scared,or maybe embarassed, to say how I felt. My kids are absolute shadows of their former selves after primary school in Australia. I have ordered Gumbel's book too. Many thanks, Angela, aussie.
    ps made your tomato soup, amazing how seiving it changes everything!

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  5. Susie, I read about you in THE FRENCH PAPER and felt compelled to look at your blog. Just love it. HAve you a recipe book out?

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  6. @ Nancy. Welcome! No books yet, but it is a project. Thanks for your message,
    Susie

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