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Electronic media has undermined the status of teachers, universally

Published 22/06/2014 | 02:30

Robin Williams as the inspirational teacher in Dead Poets Society.
Robin Williams as the inspirational teacher in Dead Poets Society.

The young woman sitting opposite me at a dinner in a French town had a pleasant, smiling face and perfectly manicured fingernails. She was a teacher, she said: she taught English and English literature at a lycee and at a college too.

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Ah yes, I said. Simone de Beauvoir was a teacher in a French lycee, where academic standards are traditionally so exacting.

Then her face darkened. "Things have changed, believe me," she said. "The status of teachers has dropped to rock bottom in France. The government, the politicians, the policy-makers – they've failed us now for decades."

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