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Sylvie Germain: "How far will we go in ease, mediocrity?"


INTERVIEW – The novelist, threatened with death by students after a test of the French baccalaureate on one of her works, defends the importance of "awakening their interest in the vocabulary, the flavor and the force of words".

Last June, an excerpt from Sylvie Germain's novel

Days of Anger

(Gallimard) was offered to French baccalaureate candidates.

A text

“too difficult”

to analyze according to some students, who went wild on social networks to the point of threatening the novelist with death.


- Some high school students considered that your text (fallen in the general French baccalaureate) and that of Leïla Slimani (in the professional baccalaureate) were

"too difficult"


Were they?

Sylvie GERMAN.


I remain skeptical, these texts do not present any difficulties, there is nothing hermetic about them.

Should we now offer extracts from children's books at the baccalaureate?

And then, in the philosophy baccalaureate, what will they do in front of a text by Plato, Kant or Sartre?

Should we give up as the level of some students drops?

How far will we go in the facility, the mediocrity?

It would be better to give students a taste and intelligence for reading early on, to arouse their curiosity and their interest in vocabulary...

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Source: lefigaro

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