Beyond the acceptable…

I came across this video yesterday about an exam at the Université de Besancon being interrupted by a group of students, calling themselves the Brigade de la Grève (the strike brigade) who systematically block exams across the campus to enforce their call for a “neutral” semester (meaning that everyone would get their credits for this semester without any grade)…

I find this story quite appalling in that a self-nominated committee can decide to stop exams on the basis they are on strike and so should the other students and so should the professors. I am also quite relieved this has not happened to me because I do not think I would react as moderately as the professor in the video

That this professor has to justify his action (of organising an exam) to the gang of half-articulate brigadiers (or that one student seriously finds it amazing that he could go against the decisions of the general assembly) is reminding me of China’s “cultural revolution” where Red Guards would bring their teacher to volunteer their auto-criticism. (The very denomination “Brigade” stinks of a para-military orientation!) This is the final step in an escalation of protests where others´ opinion can no longer be respected, as also shown by the numerous blockades/pickets organised by students on strike or calls to boycott Le Monde because the journal was not sufficiently favourable to the protests… Actually, given the discourse of the students in the video, I am not certain they have any higher goal than expressing a general protest against the current government.

4 Responses to “Beyond the acceptable…”

  1. nicolas Says:

    Cette situation est plus que regrettable.
    Elle est symptomatique d’un pays qui decroche sur de nombreux plans.

    Vu de l’etranger, l’absurdite de la position de la france est encore plus criante. Les autres nations sont tendues vers des objectifs clairs en terme de bien etre collectif, et pretes a faire des sacrifices pour ceux ci.
    Tout comme elles sont evidemment pretes a sanctionner les comportements nuisibles de maniere adequate.

    La france, elle, semble elle avoir activement abandonne la notion de ce qui est souhaitable ou non pour la collectivite. Chaque petit groupe de pression rajoute son grain de sel, le manque de legitimite, ou l’evident melange des genres entre juge et partie, ne semblant choquer personne.

    Ce sont, evidemment ceux qui n’ont pas les moyens de mettre en place des procedures d’evitement (ecoles privees, universite a l’etranger, etc…) qui patissent le plus de ce renoncement collectif, meme si tout le monde en paiera in fine la facture.

  2. Nicolas Chopin Says:

    In other news, employers are suddenly more reluctant to hire people who graduated from Université de Besancon, claiming fears of “diploma given for free”. Maybe the strike brigade should also disrupt job interviews?

  3. Antoine Says:

    Do you really agree with the site you link to ? :
    “The many practical achievements of the Cultural Revolution deserve recognition as the most advanced forms of socialist transformation achieved in the world to date”

    • Obviously, I completely disagree. But I kept the link to the site because (a) I use a picture from this site and (b) it provides a good illustration for the spirit of the Brigade de grève!

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