A School With No Teachers, Where Students Teach Themselves

Eleanor Beardsley, Nov 04, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The emphasis in the headline is on 'school with no teachers' - and there is that - but what we see in the story is a student biody formed through an intensive selection process that winnows down 60,000 applicants into 800 places. Sadirac says. “It’s a kind of selection, but [for] the long term. So we don’t just do an examination. We spend four weeks choosing each student.” Well, nice. But when we look  at the problem they're trying to solve, it seems wholly iadequate. The problem: "We have 200,000 kids a year who drop out of the French school system and have no hope. They become a drag on society. We want to help these young people take control of their lives.” Educating 800 people won't fix that.

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