I have great respect for teachers. It is their responsibility to pass on knowledge to children who one day will become leaders of the nation or of an enterprise.

But that respect has turned to derision. In France, teachers humiliate children, telling them that they are “null” and stupid, in order, according to their twisted way of thinking, that they submit to authority.

Thinking that they are “null,” they become aggressive, to prove that they are not. They don’t go with the tide, but against it — the Tide being submission and respect for the rules of society. Syndicates, demonstrations, labour parties, all express this rebellion against authority. I think this is just one of many of its manifestations.

Education must be strict and rigid, especially when school education has to make up for the absence of parental education. This is especially true in France where many parents both work and where many mothers have a pathetic sense of maternal education. But children are not born aggressive — they are taught to be.

There was a mixed response amongst the group when asked in which system/method they felt that they performed to the best of their abilities. The English students placed great weight on what they termed the humiliation factor in the French system. When asked whether this was a culturally specific method rather than one based on the particular personality of the tutor (as clearly they acknowledged that this method is adopted by some tutors in Sheffield) the students were unanimous in their conclusion that this rigour in seminar method was particular to the French system and all pervasive.  Legal Education in France and England: A Comparative Study