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C’est la rentrée! Which means it’s back to school, work and the everyday rhythm after France has been on holiday for the past two months. This week’s photo was part of a series about going back to school in 1932. La rentrée this year begins on Tuesday September 4th, the first day of school. The famous back to school shopping list for all public school students will be given out the first week of classes, and can contain such specifics as dimension and page number of notebooks, along with the required blue, red, black and green ball point pens. After working in elementary schools when I first came to France, I became aware of many differences from the school system I grew up in. Students are told precisely where to draw a line on a page and what color pen to use. The French school system emphasises following the model, and not coloring outside the lines.
This work (La rentrée des classes), via Gallica.bnf.fr) is free of known copyright restrictions.
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