Home Schooling

Tighter oversight of homeschooling: Involved dad and mom on alert

The executive branch will introduce the “Republican Principles Affirmation” bill on December 9, which includes a much stricter framework for homeschooling. Reactions in families in Nice.

In his anti-separatism bill presented last October, the president of the republic plans to ban home schooling from the next school year, in September 2021.
This will only be possible with very rare exceptions, such as medical care incompatible with a child’s institutional education.

The original text was intended to protect children from sectarian, radical, religious attraction

recalls the office of the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blancker

Questioned on Friday, December 5 last year in Brut, the President of the Republic seemed to back down, explaining that it would be necessary to find the right exceptions.
The Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blancker, explained to him that there will be “a system in which we will check the educational project you have for your child”.

Last week, the Council of State considered the bill, which must be presented to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday.

A right enshrined in the 1882 Act

The Ministry of National Education defines home education as “Family Education”. It is a very controlled device that allows a family not to enroll their child in school, providing for their education at their own expense. It derives from a fundamental right, the principle of which is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and in the Ferry Act of 1882: “Parents have a priority right to choose the type of education to be given to their children. »

In Nice, Cyane’s family chose this alternative education. At 7 years old, this little girl has never known school benches.

Like all families in their situation, they had to declare their situation to the Academic Inspectorate and the town hall of their place of residence. They have the right to use the educational support of their choice and are visited every year by an inspector and an education adviser who must ensure that the knowledge and skills are properly acquired by their child.

“This is not representative of who we are”

In his speech of October 2, the President of the Republic defined Islamist separatism: “This conscious, theorized, politico-religious project (…) is materialized through repeated deviations from the values ​​of the Republic”, the demonstrations are the deschooling of children the development of municipal sports and cultural practices that are a pretext for teaching principles that are not in accordance with the laws of the republic.

For family associations, this declaration poses a problem. According to them, Emmanuel Macron links home schooling and radical Islam, while at the same time they believe that there is no connection between families who do not declare their children in the National Education and those who practice home schooling and who are checked regularly. An amalgam which the associations believe was already a target in 2009 with the publication of the 2009 report of the Inter-Agency Mission for Vigilance and Combating Sectarian Deviance (MIVILUDES).

The prospect of banning home education is a real shock for parents who have chosen this method of education.

It is a violent message that has the effect of general punishment

Cyane’s father, president of the Association de l’Instruction Libre des Alpes-Maritimes, believes that “we must fight against the abuse of children excluded from education for fundamentalist reasons, but the image that the government tries to give to education is not is right, it’s not representative of who we are.”

Instead of finding adequate solutions, we lump everyone together.

Recently, he has noticed a significant increase in people contacting his association. There are several reasons for this: the difficulties associated with detention and, since the beginning of the school year, the problem of the mask at school.

A petition signed more than 120,000 times

Many associations, such as UNIE, Parents Instructors Enfants Épanouis or LAIA (Free to Learn and Instruct Otherwise), have launched a petition to preserve family education rights. It has already received more than 120,000 signatures.

The bill was sent on Tuesday, November 17, to the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate. It must be considered by the Council of Ministers on December 9.

In France, 50,000 children are affected by Instruction En Famille, representing 0.5% of families with school-aged children.

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