Strikes – La Grève

My Dad likes to call it “organized chaos.” I like to call it a pain in the butt. The French call it a way of life (and maybe, just maybe, a reason to relax and vacation a little). This love to protest to insure a social government system dates back to the French Revolution of 1789 where they dethroned the monarchy and fought for equality for all people. In these past few decades, there have been protests so intense that they turn violent, for example the infamous 1968 student protests that ultimately brought down the de Gaulle regime.

I attend the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) Aix Science-Po, a “Grand Ecole” (essentialy French Ivy League) smaller branch off of the Université du Provence Aix-Marseille. Let’s just say I am VERY happy I made this choice instead of going to the much larger, socialized, and liberal school La Faculté de Lettres, aka “La Fac.”

When the strikes started, the IEP staff voted to go on strike for the first time in 50 years to protest against Sarkozy’s reform on higher education. I had 6 out of 8 classes canceled the first week, but then had all but 2 courses two weeks after. Although it was a bit chaotic, it only ended up bumping our exams later by a week, which did not bother most IEP students.

As for La Fac, it has now been 2 months since the strike started, and of course there are some classes that still have no taken place. Most of the people in my program, here have been left with no courses in at least one month.

Question is: these professors want to fight for a higher education, but at the same time aren’t they hurting their students by not teaching at all?