Pushy Dad wrote:
I normally don't buy the Times but today's issue had a review of a book out, about French parenting and why their children are better behaved.
Anyone who has been skiing in France and had large groups of French toddlers push their way into the lift queue might disagree with this conclusion. Anyone who has spent time in Paris and had to deal with the grown up result may disagree. But hey ho, at least we can move attemtion away from the Chinese and onto those Frenchies.
You might be interested to know that the dominant pedagogy in France draws more heavily on Asian models than on the Anglo-American 'negotiated pedagogy' prevalent in English schools. Broadly speaking this means that there is a divide between individualism/innate ability (US model) and collectivism/effort (East Asian model). This is thought by some commentators to go some way towards explaining differences in behaviour [in school contexts] across continents.
So just when you thought you had escaped the Chinese Question....