Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A storm in coffee cup

In French schools it is against the law to have a machine which distributes drinks or food to the pupils. This is because the government is worried about children becoming obese. There are drinks distributors of some sort in most staff rooms (thank goodness). The government aren’t worried about teachers becoming obese, it seems. Olivier got caught with some friends in the staff room at lycĂ©e buying cups of coffee. I get the impression that this often happens and as long as the pupils are few and quiet, it’s tolerated. Olivier and his band happen to have been seen by a less tolerant teacher and have been reported. Unfortunately Olivier is like Rob, if he doesn’t see why something is wrong he’ll argue. I hate this attitude. I was brought up to do as I am told without argument. Olivier now has an hours detention ‘work of general interest’ (a bit hard to translate). I expect he’ll be picking up litter.


icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...

I think that as difficult as it may be to have a child who is very strong willed, it's a blessing.

People who argue and question are the people who invent and push boundaries to make the world better.

I don't have teenagers, my kids are still small. I know that it must be frustrating. But, I think he'll be happier as he is.

Dru Marland said...

I was theoretically bolshie, but always ended up doing as I was told. Worst of both worlds.

I suppose that the french can't have a storm in a tea cup, can they?

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Adam said...

yet another reason I'm glad to live in the US. Not only do we have the freedom to buy what we want, but we can also have a representative government (unlike france and it's EU ((German))ruler)

Anji said...

icancarryallthebags: I do agree with you. I missed out on a lot because I wasn't assertive enough.

Dru: I hand't thought about where the storm was, but you are right.

Adam: I hadn't thought of it like that. I think that there is a panic here. I know lots of very thin ladies who are going to have problems with their bones later on, they don't eat properly.