By W. D. Halls
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Education, National Sentiment and Culture 29 fact that political passions in France, once aroused, have often been more singularly embittered than elsewhere. The "modal personality" of the French intellectual is that of the "lone wolf rather than that of the urbane personality willing to compromise with those equally cultured. If national traits can be said to endure, at least for generations, then André Siegfried11 has seen the cult of the individual as one abiding characteristic of Frenchmen.
The Government and Administration of Education 49 economic aspects of all the services controlled by the central Ministry, and those concerned directly with the schools, particularly secondary schools. The first category, the "administrative" inspector, has no counterpart in England. The second category corresponds approximately to that of Her Majesty's Inspectorate, inasmuch as the inspectors act as the "eyes and ears" of the Minister as to what goes on in the schools — although it must be said that they do not enjoy quite the same freedom of action as their English counterparts.
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION To describe the functions of the administration in each of the various school types would be too onerous a task. Thus the organization of the lycee will be taken as perhaps the most important example. The head of the school administration is the "proviseur". He is assisted in his task by a deputy, the "censeur", and an "intendant" (or bursar). These three meet in daily consultation. The proviseur is officially responsible for carrying out the instructions handed down by higher authority and the decisions arrived at by the school "administrative council" (see below).