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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Bac 2011 - Philosophy bis

And we are not out of the woods yet.  If the leaks weren't enough now we have the media disclosing an issue with the Philosophy exam.

Le Point and other news sources are reporting that there are not enough professors to correct the philosophy exams.   There are, as of last week, 3000 copies that are not even in process.  That is to say that they have yet to be assigned to a professor for correction.

According to Le Point the reasons for this are staff reductions in the education system and a slight increase in the number of students taking the exam.

This means that the remaining philosophy teachers have to pick up the slack.  Le Point says that professors are being asked to correct up to 140 philosophy papers in 11 days.  Remember that this is not a multiple-choice exam like the SAT - this is an essay exam with tough questions requiring thoughtful answers that can run for pages and pages (the elder Frenchling said that she wrote around 12).

Now I know that the professors are dedicated people who will do what needs to be done.  I have no doubt we will get the results on time and, as a parent, I am deeply grateful to them for putting up with a situation that is not of their making.

Grateful enough, frankly, that the next time they go on strike, I will be cheering them on.

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