So I did not find enough interest to teach in a French University, which
yields little opportunity to innovate in curriculum and to introduce new
ideas. I only taught a few hours (62 in total) of problem solvings to undergraduate
classes during my PhD. There I observed that the students unfortunately
too often take the questions as "Apply the algorithm" orders like robots,
so make many operations to come to the answer, whereas the good understanding
was often to see how the answer was in fact more or less contained in the
I also passed the "Agrégation" exam. After that, I went to Romania and did some voluntary teaching in high school (where it was easier to be accepted than in University). First in a fixed school (in fact two in parallel), then I sometimes presented my vision of Special Relativity theory to different classes of high school or University, either in French or in English, where the interactions and discussions with the pupils and teachers enriched my experience and helped me develop this presentation and the text I wrote in French on the subject. (In Romania, Special Relativity is taught in the last class of high school, but it is a very different understanding I propose). Also, even outside the normal studies, the French teaching system makes it hard for students to keep both the time and interest to learn other things or form research working groups.
Just last summer, during one week I introduced a gifted pupil just finishing high school,to the General Relativity theory up to the expression of its Einstein's equation. So it was difficult and sometimes I forgot some details of explanations (that I explained later) but finally it was a success.
So now I hope to find more opportunities for such a work with good major students in the USA, and more precisely in one of the top level higher education institutions.
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