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Re: <nettime> : Re: New Media Education and Its Discontent
joseph rabie on Thu, 9 Oct 2003 05:02:26 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> : Re: New Media Education and Its Discontent


>And in some countries, it *is* free for all.  Funnily enough, in France 
>for example, the idea of the 'student as consumer', dictating what he or 
>she wants to be taught, seems to be practically nonexistent, and there 
>is a great deal less anti-intellectualism.
>
>Ben

Here in France, our present government is very interested in privatizing 
education, taking their cue from the GATS negotiations. So that is 
something that we are fighting.

In France, every final year high school student studies philosphy. 
"Intellectualism" is enshrined in the French way of life. If I was 
trying to match the tonality of certain posters to this particular 
discussion, I would say that this corresponds to George Bush's insisting 
that SUVs are part of the American way of life, which is why he refuses 
to ratify Kyoto on the hothouse effect.

Joe.

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