Should France continue to administer baccalauréat exams?

06/28/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

France's long-standing baccalauréat, also known as the "bac," is facing increased criticism from students, educators and others who say the national test has outlived its usefulness. Some say the weeklong exam -- the determining factor in the awarding of high-school diplomas -- relies too heavily on rote memorisation and focuses too little on creativity and logic. With 90% of students who passed the exam last year, some say it has become too easy. Still, there are those who say the exam is a rite of passage.

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