Saturday, September 27, 2008
Actually, I'm being vetted as a possible replacement for Sarah Palin in case she drops out of the race.
I mean, why not? I'm an American from a small town. I look pretty sharp when I wear glasses, too.
And hey, the country I'm living in now shares borders with a whole lotta foreign countries! That certainly qualifies me to be Vice-President, and maybe even President, of the USA.
I mean, I can see Spain from here! And I even know the name of its president!
It-- it's funny that a comment like that was-- kind of made to-- cari-- I don't know, you know?
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Hope to see you here and there!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
It's always great to get away and see new -- or in this case, familiar -- parts of the country. It will also be a chance for eldest daughter to work on her driving skills outside of Aveyron, which she knows so well. (She has the equivalent of a driver's permit now, and will be practicing with us until she can get her permis de conduire at the age of 18.)
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we will be having the same weather as in the above photo, but we will be near the same place.
Any guesses as to where?
(Photo courtesy of Cath at Grain de Sel, a very nice blog en français that combines music experiences and travel photos.)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Oh, there are plenty of good things to say about the French public school system. But today, I'll be leaving it up to my readers to say them.
While one of my daughters is discovering the joys of finishing her school day at 2:37 pm, the other is gritting her teeth and bracing herself for another year of the 35-hour workweek -- 35 hours a week of class, that is.
She doesn't have it quite as tough as the student above who finished four days a week at 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. My eldest will be getting out of class twice a week at 5:00 pm, twice a week at 6:00 pm, and at 11:00 am on Wednesdays. (High schools and middle schools do, mercifully, have Wednesday afternoons off.)
Is she having fun yet? Well, "fun" and "school" don't seem to be associated very often in France. And maybe they shouldn't be. American schools, with their pep assemblies and dress-up days, must look absolutely ridiculous to French educators.
And as a teacher, I certainly know that learning isn't a Disney ride.
But I do wonder what added value is France getting out of a high school system where students have to be in class as many hours a week as many French employees work, and then are expected to slog through a ludicrously huge homework load on the side.
What do you think?