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The Cross The Weekly is coming… I rejoice as if I were opening a lucky bag! So many ideas, so many varied items…”

Chantal Clain

“Excellent interview with the writer Olivier Guez, which restores a little hope in the construction of this Europe… which we should all hope for. »

Alain Le Grand

Europe, a story of flags…

Thank you, Isabelle de Gaulmyn, for this column (The Weekly May 7-8) soft and tender that carries the painful and redeeming story of this Alsatian grandmother, like the wind carries a living flag. From the unspeakable that she had translated into stubborn silence throughout her life, she will have been able, with the words of the hated enemy, to transmit her forgiveness to her grandson settled in Germany but, in reality, she will have formulated her own life forgiveness. His testamentary letter erases the borders and it will float, light, in the memory of hope of his descendant. This French flag substituted for the German flag which had earned him, as a child, to experience family deportation, we indeed dream of it, here and now, in the din of a war that is both gray and blood red, no longer either substituted or independent, but part of a bouquet of shimmering European flags, including the Ukrainian one, caressed simply by the light wind of Peace.

Annie Dravers

Bac: continuous assessment or final exam?

You highlight the “pressure” that teachers can suffer from students and parents of students (and probably not only in paying schools!). But you leave aside the pressure that teachers can also suffer from the head of the establishment: as the importance of the rankings of establishments shows every year, success in the baccalaureate is very important for the heads of establishments. It is then quite possible to draw the results from the top by pushing upwards (under the cover of a local plan of evaluation and harmonization) the marks of the subjects in continuous assessment (of course the harmonization is almost always up, not down). This pressure also exists in the harmonization committees on the part of the inspectors (there too, I have only seen questioning of averages deemed too low!). Little by little, we arrive at extraordinary success rates at the baccalaureate. Problem: at the level of international tests such as university entrance, it does not pass. The problem is not in itself the continuous control or the terminal examination (one will always find examples to say that the terminal examination was unfair in such a case, or vice versa for the continuous control), but the fact that the we want to display “success” figures that are not in line with reality and no longer allow a serene pursuit of studies.


Repairing France (continued)

A very small anecdote to illustrate this excellent article (The Weekly from April 30-1er may). Tuesday, May 3, Paris, in the RER A. As the train doors close, the driver makes an announcement into his microphone: “I would like to thank the people who, on the quay, have just said hello to me. As a result, I will try to drive even better on the ride! » It warmed my heart.

Claude Mandil

dream cast

Wonderful Weekly this week: so many inspiring personalities! In this uncertain time, the women and men we discover thanks to you are infinitely comforting. To move forward, to create links, to open doors, to look at others with sympathy and to find talents in them, is to be sure not to make mistakes. They are all inspiring: Isabelle Audière, who opens minds, Eloïse Deutsch, who quietly shows how to overcome tensions, Brahim Timricht, Jehame M’Pendja and all the others… But also Thomas Blonsky and his so accurate perception of the needs of his fellow citizens and the pragmatic solutions that this inspires. But also of course Cynthia Fleury who, with Denis Mukwege, invents methods of reconstruction to get women out of horror. And even if “the results do not match their investment” (Isabelle Audière), to think that we can move the lines. Yes, a wonderful number!

Yves Martelly