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Bizarre poll finding o' the day

From, naturellement, France, where parents have been polled on whether their offspring are 'stressed' by school.

And, as God is my witness, 22% of children at infant school are 'stressed' according to their parents. I am not making this up, the data is right there on page 5 of the pdf. Is finger painting just too much for their little princes and princesses? A scarcely less credible 29% of primary school pupils are finding it all too much too, by their parents reckoning.

Alas there is no comprehensive breakdown of the figures by age cohort, but the figures jump around when measured by region or political allegiance. 36% of Green and Socialist parents judge their offspring stressed, while 19% of Gaullists do. 44% of South Westerners think their children stressed compared to 19% in the eastern Parisian basin, however that is defined.

And what is piling on the pressure? Leading responses are exams and testing - 39%, fear for the future - 31%, a system unsuited to his/her needs - 30%.

Looking at those figures down by political allegiance, Greens think it is an unsuitable system - 33%. Well, maybe there is not enough of a focus on tree hugging. The stand out for the far left is that of dealings with other pupils - teasing, rivalry, trying to fit in. Perhaps there is much pointing and laughing at Trot kids because the revolution hasn't happened yet.

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