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Le gouverneur du Kentucky dit non au français

Le gouverneur républicain du Kentucky, Matthew Bevin, a réaffirmé son mépris pour l’enseignement de la littérature et de la langue françaises.

« Le but de l’enseignement public et du financement public de l’éducation est d’assurer que les employeurs qui doivent embaucher aient à disposition des personnes compétentes », a-t-il déclaré à l’issue d’une réunion jeudi 26 juillet.

Non content d’avoir réduit les subventions de l’Etat accordées aux universités, il conseille également de favoriser l’enseignement des sciences et technologies, soit des matières « qui forment les citoyens à des savoir-faire et des aptitudes utiles ». « Ceux qui souhaitent étudier la littérature française peuvent le faire — mais ils ne seront pas subventionnés par le contribuable », a-t-il déclaré.

Le consul général de France à Chicago a aussitôt réagi sur Twitter. Il met en avant l’importance de la langue française dans les relations commerciales entre la France et le Kentucky.

 

  • Parfait exemple de supporter du président Trump. Moins de budget pour l’éducation. La manipulation des masses est plus facile quand les personnes sont peu éduquées. Une honte pour les Etats-Unis et notre situation dans le monde.

  • I had never heard of Mr. Bevin before. I read about him on Wikipedia after seeing this article. Among some of the interesting things I read about him are that he is a son of a school teacher, served in the military, was a successful businessman, and proud father of 9 children, four of them adopted from Ethiopia. Very interesting to read about his background. I guess as Governor he has to make some difficult decisions about how to spend tax-payer money. I’m hoping they can leave money in the budget for French language instruction in schools, if not French literature!

      • Its not his money. If the people of Kentucky don’t want it then they shouldn’t have to pay for it. I disagree with their decision but its not as simple as « have guts to raise taxes… » I don’t think you understand how difficult it is for governments to get a hold of the money.

  • Honte à vous Gouverneur Matt Bevin ! Evidement, vous desirez des citoyens qui ne peuvent pas penser pour eux-mêmes. Votre ignorance est sans pareille !

  • Is Mr. Bevin worried that reading the French philosophers could eventually help the Kentucky people to think a bit more deeply about the way their governor treats them? Kinda « go to work to the factory and shut up, I am the boss »?
    Nice guy, this Mr. Bevin!

  • Je ne crois pas que c’est la bonne décision d’annuler le financement de l’enseignement de la langue française alors qu’elle joue un rôle principal dans le monde aujourd’hui quand il s’agit de la politique, de l’économie, du commerce et de la paix. J’aimerais entendre expliquer les raisons pour lesquelles le gouverneur du Kentucky pense que la langue française n’est plus utile.

  • Je suis tellement avec ceux qui comprennent les bêtises de cet idiot qui épouse les idéologies perdues dans la marrée (de Trump), sans croyance et sans rythme pour tout le monde !

  • Every moment of education, every moment of life, everything is not about money. Studying the humanities has intrinsic value for any person (and for those who absolutely must tie each breath to money, well-rounded people are more satisfied people, make better worker bees for the business world, and, therefore, will generate more money). Bevin’s attitude is tragic and his power to act on that attitude is frightening. People do what they do then die before they can see the full scope and effects of their actions. We already have, however, plenty of evidence that employees who are trained but not broadly educated are not productive over time and many, many CEOs have written articles about their need for more than workers who are robotic and myopic. Thanks to an increasingly poorly education population, we have the « democracy » we deserve and Bevins is one of the many examples of how low we can – and seem determined – to go.

  • Perhaps the Governor should read a little bit of American history and discover who enabled the Independence of the USA. Does the name Lafayette ring a bell?

    • Or Benjamin Franklin who came to Auray, a little town in Brittany, to get help from the French in 1776! He is a total ignorant…

  • J’ai pris ma retraite après avoir passé presque cinquante ans à enseigner la langue, la littérature et la culture françaises à Eastern Kentucky University. Maintenant, notre « major » n’existe plus. Evidemment, Matt Bevin préfère des citoyens qui travaillent mais qui ne comprennent rien de ce qui nous rend vraiment humains : la philosophie, la culture, les arts.

  • With Trump (an uneducated man) in the White House, the Kentucky Governor has good company. Therefore the behavior is to be expected. Sadly!

  • I earned an M.A. in French from the University of California-Irvine and parlayed that wonderful education into a lucrative, global, high-tech consulting career. Hélas, Neanderthal Bevin is narrow-mindedly, unimaginatively, and incompetently working to maintain Kentucky’s 47th place ranking in educational attainment; readying a mind-numbed workforce for the 19th century as he exclaims, “Bring back the buggy whip factories!”

    • j’adore ta réponse Brad ! Heureusement qu’il y a des Cadiens, des Québécois et beaucoup d’autres dans le monde qui comme toi sont fiers de leurs origines et de la langue qu’ils parlent !

  • Mr. Governor Bevin, with all due respect (maybe less so now), am I ever surprised and hugely disappointed that someone in your position would deliberately make narrow-minded decisions on behalf of the tax payers and prevent intellectually curious people from broadening their horizons and becoming well-rounded, global citizens. Mr. Governor Bevin, we obviously do not share the same values. Education is the most powerful tool/weapon one can ever have. Mr. Governor, do you speak any language other than your native language? There is a lot that comes with learning a language (any language). With learning a language, comes the awareness and appreciation for another culture. This will take you a long way Mr. Governor, but you obviously haven’t had this kind of exposure to the world yet. The world will not be a better place if you prevent American citizens from getting an understanding for other cultures. Mr. Governor, if you think that it is easier to manipulate American citizens by narrowing their views and preventing them from being open to the world, be aware, there are millions of well-educated, global citizens out there who are thinking far ahead of you. Think again Mr. Governor. There is nothing wrong with stepping back and taking time to think.

  • Matt Bevins ia afraid that people will learn to think on their own. Like Trump, he wants to control the masses by keeping people ignorant. So sad!

  • Quote: « And specifically recommended teaching STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] subjects, “things that will produce the kind of skills, the kind of abilities to be useful (citizens) productive human machines. »

    He only wants to breed productions units, not citizens. Useful, costless, non-thinking consumers. He should be in a farm, leading a herd of sheep, rather than a politician pretending to do good for the citizens.

  • Life is more than just a job, sir. When I’ wasn’t working, I went to museums, movies, sporting events. I read books on weekends and holidays, even some written in French. My French-speaking grandparents (who spoke only French, by the way) built much of the community I grew up in southwest Louisiana. My French-speaking father never had problems finding or keeping a job. Governor, you may want to consider broadening your view of life. By the way, my forebears who spoke French, who spoke Spanish, who spoke German were in the country long before there was the United States of America. They made America.

    • Bravo, Bonnie. I had French Hugenot ancestors who came to the American colonies in the 1680s and spoke only French. They helped build the colonies and then the United States. I cannot stand the ignorant fools who want for everyone to be as ignorant as them!

  • Doing business in France and with France is lucrative (their economy is almost twice that of Russia’s). And since Kentucky won’t be participating, that leaves other states like Utah (with a great french program) to win.

  • Selon ma thèse à moi, si le gouverneur du Kentucky avait adopté des enfants éthiopiens, cela indique qu’il avait été la victime, par la suite, de coercition pour éliminer la langue française dans les écoles. La politique qu’il prône a présent est, effectivement, de l’extrémisme. Les extremistes détestent l’idée d’une famille métissée ou mélangée, donc ils ont pousses Mr. Bevin a promouvoir une politique allant a l’encontre des intérêts économiques et intellectuels de son état. Préférant la petitesse d’esprit à la liberté intellectuelle est exactement l’habitude et l’intention de ceux-la, car l’on s’apprête à instaurer l’esclavage général dans la population. Les extrémistes se permettent une haine farouche de tous les peuples latin de la planète, dont les Italiens et les Français. Voilà l’histoire de la Deuxième Guerre mondiale. Je vous renvoie a l’oeuvre de William L .Shirer, « The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany, 1960, chapitre 4.

    Gov. Bevin has probably been the victim of coercion because he is the father of adopted children from Ethiopia. I suggest that American extremists have forced him to promote their own policies as punishment for his original open-mindedness. Such is a pattern. French is targeted because it is known as a Latin language, and all Latin peoples–not only Mexicans and Central and South Americans–earn the ire of extremists. I suggest that Latin people are hated for their cultural expression of love. God is love: extremists ultimately battle God, no matter the co-opting of the language of religious values, which is for the use of deception. What’s more, Kentuckians would be helping wipe out the French history in their commonwealth. Aren’t there Kentucky towns named after Versailles and Paris?

  • This is a perfect example of Republican ignorance. English and French are the only two languages allowed for the citizenship test for the United States. Why you might ask, it was due to the fact that France aided America during our war for independence. So, that’s not good, but what about the French speaking area of the United States like Louisiana? Maybe a trade war?

    • It’s not just wrong-headed, it was stupidly said. His « thought », condensed: “The purpose of public education is to ensure that people who hire people actually have the skills necessary.”

  • I happen to disagree completely with the governor’s position, but I understand his argument which is defensible–he is trying to save taxpayer money. What I really object to is the savagery of some of the responses. What happened to civility in public discourse?

  • The governor simply doesn’t understand–and ironically, it’s the liberal arts, not science or mathematics, that could help him do that. He’s sadly trapped in a bubble that will forever limit the range of questions he can ask, and it’s our questions, more than our answers, that define who we are.

  • Does the governor know that France was our first ally and helped us win the Revolutionary War? France is still the language of diplomacy. France is a key business partner and appears to be on the rise. Surely the governor would not want the good people of his state to miss out on the economic potential that and education including French language, history, and culture could offer. From a proud parent of a child in a bilingual French and English language school!

  • Apparently, this nimrod is against teaching basic English skills, as well. Here’s his « thought », condensed: “The purpose of public education is to ensure that people who hire people actually have the skills necessary.”

  • He has a degree in East Asian Studies and is fluent in Japanese. I bet that comes in really handy at his job in Kentucky…

  • Il ne sait sûrement pas que son nom, Bevin, est français…
    Total des naissances pour le patronyme Bevin en France :
    1891-1915 : 38
    1916-1940 : 43
    1941-1965 : 86
    1966-1990 : 92
    259 personnes nées en France depuis 1890, dans 25 départements
    38 168 rang des noms les plus portés en France

  • Matt is from Maine. He went to a private prep high school in Bethel, Maine. The school stressed a balanced curriculum of science, tech, math and the humanities. What Matt seems not to understand or value is that the high school and college education experience is not specifically aimed at getting a person a job. Education is aimed at enriching one’s life, thoughts, and perspectives. History, art, philosophy, music, religion, foreign languages broaden one’s perspective and enable divergent thinking and innovative problem solving.

    One must ask why Matt Bevin would want to deny others the well-balanced humanities and STEM education that he himself received? What would his motive be?

    « The arts and humanities define who we are as a people. That is their power–to remind us of what we each have to offer, and what we all have in common. To help us understand our history and imagine our future. To give us hope in the moments of struggle and to bring us together when nothing else will. »
    Michelle Obama

    « The arts and humanities teach us who we are and what we can be. They lie at the very core of the culture of which we’re a part. »
    Ronald Regan

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