Today, my wife found this BBC article. It appears that less and less English pupils are bothering with Modern Foreign Languages in general and in French in particular. So they take MFL courses less and less in favor of easier (dumber?) courses such as Religious Education.
I am not surprised by this. However, I cannot help but feel disappointed and a little bit bitter. I don't think it is a good omen for the future generations in the UK. On a more positive, but selfish and cynical note, I chose the right time to leave the teaching profession for good. Indeed, jobs requiring French will be more and more filled by native speakers like myself. So getting back into the private sector might have been a good move after all. After two years of bad luck, frustration, sometimes poor decisions and overall morosity working in the teaching world, it would be a welcomed change.