Encouraged by the promise of the energy filtering approach, I was beginning to feel that my time at IPGP was a success, and I started to think about the future. Although I was happy at IPGP, I wondered if the French education system was good for my kids. I did not want my kids to be put through the Japanese education system, which was a continuous selection process. I did not particularly like the French system either, mostly because it was similar to the Japanese system and a selection between general and vocational courses had to be made at a...

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