“Pity the would-be McGill University medical student.
History and tradition dictate that this person is probably white, well-moneyed and English-speaking. As such, he has had the run of McGill’s medical school for the quasi-entirety of the faculty’s existence. It is the stuff of cliché: One of the most exclusive degrees from one of the country’s best institutions has been the chattel of fathers and sons of rich anglophones, to the exclusion of nearly everyone else. It took a few brave female souls and nearly a century to chip away enough of that hardened privilege so as to allow women entrance into this rarefied club.”
Excerpt from the article:
“PARIS — I recently spent the afternoon with some Norwegians who are making a documentary about French child-rearing. Why would people in one of the world’s most successful countries care how anyone else raises kids?
In Norway “we have brats, child kings, and many of us suffer from hyper-parenting. We’re spoiling them,” explained the producer, a father of three. The French “demand more of their kids, and this could be an inspiration to us.”
I used to think that only Americans and Brits did helicopter parenting. In fact, it’s now a global trend. Middle-class Brazilians, Chileans, Germans, Poles, Israelis, Russians and others have adopted versions of it too. The guilt-ridden, sacrificial mother — fretting that she’s overdoing it, or not doing enough — has become a global icon. In “Parenting With Style,” a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, the economists Matthias Doepke and Fabrizio Zilibotti say intensive parenting springs from rising inequality, because parents know there’s a bigger payoff for people with lots of education and skills. (France is a rare rich country where helicoptering isn’t the norm.)”
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I think it is revolutionary. The most important thing is the guarantee of a job at the end of the high school. I don’t know what will motivate the have-nots more. It is a spring board to get out of poverty, to have a chance in life for oneself and the progeny.
If I can borrow from Orson Scott Card’s book “Children of the Mind”, the notion of “edge nation” versus “center nation“, US is acting like a center nation regarding education, they think it is important to the country and its future, thus education has been a hot issue for years and for many. In the shadow of US, Canada is as complacent as ever, it is like “What? What is going on? Education? What about it? Where are my pants? Let me put them on first.” Most likely we will adopt something US has experimented and failed a few years later, the sadness of lacking vision and aspiration.