Home Schooling

In Seine and Marne, these mother and father are preventing for residence college

Several families gathered in front of the Seine-et-Marne prefecture on Friday, September 2, to assert their rights. ©William Lacaille/Republic of the Seine-et-Marne

There were twenty of them to defend the rights of hundreds of parents in the ward. On Friday, September 2, several families braved the rain manifesto in front of the prefecture of Seine and Marne, at Melun. The reason for their anger: the increasing difficulty of obtaining anot licensed to practice Family Instruction (IEF), school at home.

Law at the heart of the conflict

To make their voices heard, the mothers of Senna and Marnez have formed collectives, Free kicks 77. They are pushing the law adopted a year ago to combat separatism. This law “intends to respond to the retreat of the community and the development of radical Islamism by strengthening respect for republican principles and by modifying the laws on religions,” the government explains.

With this new legislation, homeschooling is much more regulated, to the chagrin of parents who do not understand how they are concerned about the fight against separatism. “We find thatWe have no place in this law. There is no direct link between radicalization and home education. We had a very bad experience from this rapprochement,” confides a mother from Fontenay-Trésigny.

According to Michael P. Donnelly, a J.D. from Boston University Law, on whom Les Pousses Libres 77 relies, “nothing connects homeschooling with this anxiety. Therefore, banning homeschooling is not necessary to serve the interests of the school.

The latter also claims that homeschooled children do very good students. “More than 700 colleges in the United States accept home-schooled students. These profiles are even searched”, he gives an example.

“The Forbidden Rains”

In this context of combating radicalization, the law imposes much stricter criteria on parents to be able to educate their children at home. “Previously, every year we declared to the Academy that our child is being educated in the family by providing our educational project. And we were checked every year to check the child’s learning and the family context. Since this law, we mustrequests permission from the rector’s office and that we’re justifying a particular situation,” explains Diane Buick, a mother who homeschools these two girls, ages 6 and 10.

Very demanding criteria that prevent many families from improving their child’s learning at home. “For several weeks, the bans are raining. Academie Créteil is among the leading refusals, and in Seine and Marne the procedures for issuing permits for the “situation of the child” appear to be drawn on the “short straw” rather than subjected to thorough investigation. and file egalitarianism,” affirms Jennifer Seard, a member of the collective.

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Friday, September 2, the demonstration attracted the attention of many deputies of the department such as Olivier Faure (PS) or Ersilia Sudais (LFI), who are in contact with the collective to defend their cases in the National Assembly. Free kicks 77 rcall for repeal of section 29 the reform of the religious policing system, known as the anti-separatism law, which “reduces our freedoms”.

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