Education: France: The Hope of Reform

The rebel students of Paris are threatening to take to the barricades again when their classes reconvene in November. Nonetheless, there is rising hope throughout France that relative peace may prevail in its chaotic university system. The optimism rests mainly on the promises and proficiency of Charles de Gaulle's agile new Minister of Education, Edgar Faure.

Faure has opened a frank, sympathetic dialogue with student and faculty dissidents. One of his most effective arguments in their view is that he is "presiding over the disappearance in its present state" of the Education Ministry itself. A prime—and wholly legitimate—target of the uprising was...