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French newspaper Le Monde ram a provocative op-ed from French philosophy professor Emmanuel Jaffelin last month, which argues that international education’s move towards a Harvard-style system is ruining the world.We can certainly see that thesis getting some support in Montreal at the moment.
The article was translated by WorldCrunch today, so a good chance to read for the non-francophones — here’s the kicker:
But at a time when students in Quebec are protesting against university tuition hikes and when American student debt has passed the $1 trillion threshold, it may be time to invent cheaper and less castrating solutions than “Harvardizing.” Let us start with the following premise: knowledge is immaterial, abundant, communicable and not automatically mercantile. Remember that in Greek, school (“Skholè”) doesn’t’ mean client or debt, but “leisure.”
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