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Académie des Clowns

12:20 PM -- London's Times Online reports on the latest leap forward for French culture:

    Students have been clowning around for generations but rarely have they been given a university qualification for doing so.

    Now the French Education Ministry is to award it official recognition by authorising the launch of a degree in how to be a clown.

    The pioneering one-year, postgraduate course is being laid on by Lyons II University in central France and is expected to begin this autumn.

    “There is a huge demand from people wanting to become clowns in France and we thought it was time to offer technical training and a diploma in this area,” said Marie-Thérãse Maurer, the vice-chancellor of the university...

    The vocational degree will end with an apprenticeship, mainly in hospitals, children’s centres and old people’s homes...
Mais oui! The sick, the young, and the enfeebled: The easiest to frighten.

    Claire Paysson, coordinator of the House of Circus and Clown Arts, said: “There is a clown in all of us and we have to find it. Perhaps you’re a clown and you don’t know it.”
I've forwarded this to our HR department.

— Larry, Attack Monkey, Light Reading

sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:09:57 PM
re: Académie des Clowns Clown school might be an improvement. I've had the pleasure of interviewing with a number of HR people recently. There's nothing like being asked where you see yourself in five years by someone who is 23.
opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 3:09:48 PM
re: Académie des Clowns That "where do you see yourself in five years" question when you're right out of college always used to take me off-guard. And my dumbfounded look would throw off the interview--until I figured out the answer they were looking for "successfully designing great products at this company!"
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