Today a dozen "jeunes communistes" militants entered the amphitheater where I was having a chemistry lesson and made a speech about macron's reforms in the education area. They got me thinking about how honest militant effort is wasted on fights defending things that were already far from ideal, and that are already lost anyways.
They talked about how the current French government is trying to basically kill education as we knew it in France (free college almost without selection, multiple repetitions allowed, honest budgets, one globally known diploma for all: the "baccalauréat" and so on) and morph it into an elitist, mercantile system (as if it was a surprise, it's not like there have been market studies on education and how it could profit investors these last years):
-Copying the US Major/Minor system in high-school (idk how it's gonna change anything about education)
-Allow for a selection based on which high-school you went to for instance (rich kids first, right?)
-10 vows for superior education and if too many people ask for the same field, some get rejected and are imposed a field chosen by "companies"
(education is there for one sole reason, working for porky, of course)
-if you miss a year, you can get kicked out of college
Where's the problem?
With or without those reforms the system is already fucked up, they already managed to make semi-private, elitist institutions, where they basically do the same stuff as we do, with competition added and a diploma that's worth more than ours, the "classes préparatoires", there are even private schools renting billboard in front of our college propaganding for the stuff they sell for 20K a year and how much their students thrive in the "business world", and in general, they got students to belive that what's important is their future career and not learning useful stuff, ...
And when we fight to keep those little privileges, they manage to scuff some others away so whatever happens, we lose at the end.
While organizations like the one I quote and lots of others, instead of protesting and stuff, could unite people and raise resources to build what they say they strive for (worker's owned companies for instance) to build an alternative.
Just a few thoughts, and so, what do you think?
Is it worth fighting for a rotten loaf of bread or is it better to leave the whole thing show it's stupidity by itself?
Do you know about initiatives where comrades act instead of fighting or protesting?
Are there frenchy colleagues 'round there?
Out of topic?