October 12, 2010

10 October 2010
The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do,
never does what he can do.”
~John Stuart Mill

Guest speaker: Florence Créneguy

DATE: Tuesday 19 October, 2010
TIME:  19H30-21H30/22H00
RSVP TO: giftedinfrance@gmail.com, Subject: French Education System
                 Space Limited. RSVP Deadline, latest, Saturday 16 October.
                 Please include your emergency /cell phone numbers.
LOCATION: in the 16th, near Radio France
COST: 5€ for members, 10€ non-members.

Mme Créneguy will explain how the French system works from Primary through Lycée, what are some of the ‘problems’ that gifted children encounter in the traditional system; what are the ideal grades for skipping/grade acceleration and some of the options your child may have outside of the ‘classical’ track for entering and succeeding in Lycée. This talk is generally aimed at helping parents manage the French system by understanding how it’s structured and opportunities to make it work for your child. With your RSVP, please send along your questions and the ages and grades of your children.  This will help us understand the needs of the participants. General information on the French system can be found in this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_France.
Background: Mme  Créneguy has been a teacher of gifted children for more than 15 years. She currently teaches in the secondary section of  Ecole Gerson, a Catholic semi-private school (in the 16th).  She also gives talks on behalf of AFEP to teachers and parents around the country and participates in conferences and meetings regarding gifted children in France.  She is French, but speaks English quite well. She has participated at previous GiF meetings.

Munchies/Potluck: Please bring along something to drink or eat, something very easy you can pick up from the grocery store to add to the nibble selection. No stress!
Membership Forms: Annual membership form is 30€ per family, email giftedinfrance@gmail.com for a copy of the form. 
Side note:  Peter Gumbel, the author of the recently published book On achève bien les écoliers, has provoked a debate about the French education system. His next presentation will be held at the American Library in Paris on 16 November. It is not a GiF event. Visit ALP's link for Gumbel's talk. To follow ongoing discussions, you can track him on the book's facebook page.

I hope to see you soon!

Best regards,
Helen Sahin Connelly
President, Gifted in France