Matador Network reports on the differences between a "normal" friend and a French friend. Some examples of differences between a normal friend and a French friend are that the French tend to say things as they are and do things without thinking twice about them. The French will have snacks already out to enjoy rather than ask if the other person would like to eat something, they will react strongly to your venting session rather than sit back and stay quiet, and the French will not be offended if you haven't talked to them in a while but would most likely act like communication was never lost and the friendship will continue normally. These are some examples of how a French friend's bluntness, matter-of-factly, harsh attitude or behaviors differ from the typical friend that tries to keep their distance and not intervene too much in the other person's private space. Although not all of these examples pertain to each French person, it does sum up how most French friendships are because of the norms they have been raised around all of their lives.
This article is written from the perspective of an American who was sending his child to a French school. This article mentions the major differences between French and American schools including the name of each grade level, the school supply lists, and the classroom environment. The author, Robert Strauss then goes on to mention how parents are not included in the classroom and how at first this was a huge adjustment for him. Robert goes on to state how he began to understand why teachers are not involved in their students educational process and also how it is not a controversial topic in France, whereas it would be extremely controversial in the United States. Strauss mentions that the only parental involvement that took place in his daughters education were a few meetings throughout the year about their child's progress. This article was very helpful into understanding the parental side of the French education system as well as it reinforced to me the idea that French parents tend to stay out of their child's education because they trust their child’s teachers opinion above their own.
In the article, “Are French Secondary School Pupils Getting Super Smart” talks about how more students in France are passing the bac test. The year 2014, over 624,700 students have passed the bac test in France, which broke the historical record from 2013. The passing rate has increased 9.6% since 1999. According to France 24, students were scoring as high as a 19 or a 20 which was unheard of years ago. The news interviewed the teachers asking about the exam results. The teachers did admit that they are little more lenient on grading the test because they know how hard it is to pass the test and were told to review the test again to give the student a few points here and there. The tests are not becoming any easier, and the students in France are not getting any smarter, but the teachers want more students to pass the state final. Surprisingly, the teachers in France are hoping that a good score on a bac test will boost the student’s confidence.
The source that I had chosen from was a little bit different than my previous ones. This source that I choose is titled “Les Amities- friendships in France”. This article was written by an American woman who has living in America for her whole life until one day she decided to move to France. After Living in France for a little while she started to notice subtle differences between French and American friendships. It started off to be small differences and then it became a big difference. She mentions that even though friendships start quickly in America, they also can end quickly too. I think this is important because in France, friendships last forever once they are made. Not too much can break them apart. The blog stated, “his difference can show up in subtle, but powerful ways as well. For example, in France, it's typical to get together with friends and to converse for several hours about all kinds of topics both personal and general. It is also typical to spend several hours during a visit without having another engagement or appointment scheduled right after. Friends are also invited to each other’s homes for meals, or at the very least, to have coffee and some sort of dessert they have made for the visit. This was a shock for me to realize, since in America, I've always been used to getting together with friends at a restaurant or a coffee shop and preparing something from scratch for a friend is even more rare.” I found this interesting because I relate to this so much. It is always so easy to text a friend a say let’s meet up at Starbucks and talk or let’s go to chili’s and get something to eat. This is not the case though in France. I find this topic so interesting because even though Friendship seems like it means the same thing, it actually has 2 completely different definitions.
This article in Vogue talked about the differences between marriage in the US vs other countries, France to be specific. The author said US marriages have more of a stress factor, and the reasons were some we had discussed in class - moving far away from family, obsessions with jobs, and outrageous costs of childcare. The author then gave tips to how to keep a great relationship from a French person.
What seems to be the main point of this article is an American woman who is now living in France sharing her experience in terms of how friendships differ from both cultures. She states that it seems to take longer to be actual friends with a French person than it does with Americans, but, as discussed in class, these friendships tend to last longer than American ones. The author also discusses how there’s different words for different meanings of a friend. “Les Compains” meaning people you tend to be more superficial with and are there mostly just for compassion and “Les Amis” meaning the people you tend to have a closer, deeper friendship with. She also brings some examples of the type of variation there is; she explains that it’s common for French friends to come over to each other’s house to share some meals, or just talk for hours with no other plans in sight, something that seems more personal to her than what Americans usually do when they hang out. I like the examples given from this article and am considering using this to show how exactly the two cultures differ in way friendships are dealt with.
This article is about Friendships in France and the differences there are to other friendships. This article gives specific bullet points as to how the French handle friendship and certain situations. French people are mostly more outgoing and straight forward about things and just do what they want. This article interested me because it's basically things we've talked about in class but this article tells specific situations.
This article talks about the business etiquette in France. The article talks about corporate social responsibilities, and includes 3 bullet points with some facts about what they have done. The article continues with talking about punctuality. Making appointments in France is a must because just “dropping in” will be seen as rude. Being on time is good, but if you are late, it is also alright. Punctuality is treated casually in France, but there are regional differences. Giving gifts to business associates is not common in France. If someone wants to show appreciation to a colleague, it tends to be better to host a dinner or special event. The article lists five different things that should be done when someone is invited to a dinner. There are additional notes listed that should be remembered when considering giving a gift to someone. The business dress code in France is high. Everyone tends to put on the best outfits they can afford, when if they have an entry-level job. French executives tend to not loosen their ties or take off their jackets when they are in the office. For women, a well-tailored business suit or dress with good shoes is appropriate. Make-up is something that women are careful of. Casual Fridays are beginning to become more acceptable in the workplace. The article goes on to explain that bribery and corruption has very strict laws associated with it. France is one of 25 least corrupt countries in the world. I believe this article is very useful and I plan on using it for my presentation. The article talks a lot about things that were not mentioned in different articles, such as what to wear and types of gifts. This is a useful article when talking about business ethics in France. Nothing was mentioned about the United States in this article.
Within in this article, Pamela Druckerman talks about the cultural difference she saw when it comes to child raising in France. She noted that in France there is no kid's menu for children to choose, instead they must eat the same food that adult eat. She also talks about the balance that is required in life, and that no aspect of life such as being a mother, women, or worker should overwhelm the other. This article is relevant to the course because of how it relates to our topics about parenting and what self to us means. It also talks about the eating habits of children in France, which relates to my paper.
The article starts with a poll, in which 72 percent of Americans believe that our country is not as great as it used to be. This is followed up by 27 percent of Americans claiming our own work ethic is to blame. The article continues to explain how this is untrue, and that America works considerably more hours per week than their European counterpart. They also state that productivity is a more accurate representation of work ethic, in which the U.S. places third, only behind Luxembourg and Norway according to the OEDC. Also, the OEDC claims the U.S. is one of the worst life to work balanced country, meaning we are trading off our personal time for productivity in the workplace. This claim of a lagging work ethic is clearly not directed at the majority of Americans, and the article claims it is pointed towards the poor and the minorities. That these people, who do not work and need free healthcare are the reason our country is failing. This belief inhibits both our work ethic and our view of migrants. We are trying to justify our failure on those who have no power, perhaps we should acknowledge they are not at fault here.
Chapter 8 of 'The Oxford Handbook of Secularism' opens up by discussing the French concept of laicite. It then dedicates an entire section to discussing the history of secularism in France. The other sections, respectively, discuss the idea of neutrality that ties into French secularism, the connection between laicite and the French idea of gender equality, and the tensions in France caused by laicite. The chapter concludes stating that the idea of French secularism should be given more thought beyond how exceptional the policy of laicite is in order to better understand it.
This article talks about Debra Ollivier's book "What French Women Know: About Love, Sex, and Other Matters of the Heart and Mind." It talks about how Ollivier viewed the French with romance and her views coming into the French culture as a woman. She expands on talking about how the French go about flirting without making much of it, calling it "not threatening". She also mentions that men prefer an intellectual woman and one that can argue, stand her ground. Also the French are okay with adultery and mistresses. No one cares to question.