13 June 2011

Distraction: To Be and To Have

Last night I watched, To Be and To Have (Etre et Avoir), a French documentary that follows a group of students through a year at their one room school in Saint Etienne sur Usson.  The fact that the students range in age from 4 to 11 doesn't appear to faze the soft-spoken teacher, George Lopez, who manages to juggle both fighting pre-teen boys and toddlers crying for their mothers with an impressive reserve of patience.  The film reminded me of three things: I want to live in the French countryside, some teachers deserve sainthood and French schoolchildren are the cutest kids ever.

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