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On est gâtés!

Nous venons de rentrer de Puyravault. Il fait doux en Charente Maritime et le soleil ne se cache pas. Joel a fait du travail pour son I.B. et Elspeth s'est préparée un peu pour son voyage à Atlanta et au Mexique. Nous avons passé les soirées à regarder des épisodes du West Wing que Joel découvre pour la première fois. Moi, j'ai eu le temps de lire aussi What Next? de Chris Patten qui traite de toutes les grandes questions auxquelles le monde fait face actuellement. C'est un livre à la fois excellent et déprimant.

Nous avons aussi dîné avec nos vieux amis Jacques et Catherine, leurs enfants et leur futur gendre Morgan. C'est toujours un plaisir. Mais, puisque ce blog est principalement "professionnel", Catherine (qui est prof d'histoire-géo) m'a rappelé le fait que les écoles en France sont nettement moins bien équipées en nouvelles technologies, notamment en tableaux interactifs et en ordinateurs. Dans son établissement il n'y a aucun tableau interactif et uniquement une salle d'informatique où les ordinateurs sont mal entretenus. Dans un établissement qui compte plus de 900 élèves il y a un seul technicien qui vient un jour par semaine pour s'occuper des ordinateurs vieillissants. Elle a fait un stage où elle a pu voir un tableau interactif et elle voudrait s'en servir, mais son école (comme presque toutes les écoles en France, j'imagine) n'a pas les moyens d'acheter du matériel de ce genre.

En Angleterre les profs se plaignent souvent de leur sort, mais on ne peut pas nier qu'en ce qui concerne les ordinateurs, les tableaux interactifs et les projecteurs, nous sommes vraiment gâtés. Les crédits viennent de plusieurs sources ("Specialist Status", "Excellence in Cities" etc etc), mais essentiellement le gouvernement a trouvé les moyens nécessaires pour doter nos établissements d'un matériel moderne et performant, sans parler du personnel nécessaire pour l'entretenir.

J'échangerais volontiers toute cette technologie contre des classes moins nombreuses, mais il faut que nous admettions que dans le domaine de la technologie, nous avons plus ou moins ce qu'il nous faut et que nous sommes loin devant nos collègues d'outre Manche qui sont dans l'ère préhistorique.

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