Home schooling

“My daughter won’t go to highschool, regardless of the regulation says”

To fight against “separatism”, Emmanuel Macron wants to “strictly limit” home schooling for students. An incomprehensible decision for parents of homeschooled children.

He introduced it as “a must”a decision that is “probably one of the most radical since the laws of 1882 and those providing co-education in 1969”. During his speech against “separatism” on Friday, October 2, Emmanuel Macron declared that he wanted “limit” home schooling of children.


From the beginning of the 2021 school year, there will be no more home learning, except for students with “Health Imperatives”. The president then justified this choice by evoking on the other hand the parents who refuse to put their children in music lessons or in the swimming pool, “unschooling” and lessons in undeclared structures with “Almost no windows, women in niqabs welcoming them, prayers”.


Stunned, the parents of the concerned students quickly reacted. “We don’t understand the amalgam between homeschooling and separatism“, angry Armelle Borel, co-founder of the UNIE association which promotes Family Education (IEF), we are a light head“. She recalls that the IEF is already “hyper controlled“Exactly to avoid any problems.


Inspections are carried out annually by school academies and every two years by municipalities to check the learning environment and content taught to 50,000 home-schooled children. If this figure is increasing (they were 41,000 in 2019 and 35,000 in 2017), the co-founder of UNIE explains it with the integration of 3-year-old children in the calculation or even the health crisis. The percentage of these students is still very low, representing 0.5% of the total number of students registered in France (ie 12.4 million).


For most parents, the choice of IEF “It’s not religious at all,” confirms Audrey Gaillard, but it is more “a choice of life”. This allows this mother of a 3-year-old daughter from “protect”.

Take care of your child first

Armelle Borel practiced IEF while educating her three children, who are now in their twenties. She started when she realized her youngest child wasn’t presenting “no immune response”. It was a matter of life and death for him: “If IEF hadn’t existed, I would have had to put my other two children in foster care or risk the death of my other child.”.



“My daughter is allergic to animal proteins.” Audrey Gaillard recalls the death of a milk-allergic child in 2018 while eating a pancake and adds: “I don’t trust the school”. Senillé’s secretary, next to Châtellerault, continues: “I lost my little son in 2015. So I also wanted to live and fully share my daughter’s education”.

Sometimes it is not physical health that is at risk, but mental health. Then homeschooling can save children who are bullied at school. Armelle Borel recalls a conversation with a parent who was practicing IEF for her bullied child. He would have said to him: “If you send me back to school, I would kill myself”. A problem that affects Audrey Gaillard more, because she herself was a victim of bullying during school. “Institutions are not listening” she cries “And I don’t want my daughter to go through that.”.

Cultivate diversity

As for the argument that the IEF would separate children from society, Armelle Borel quickly dismissed it. “At the moment, my three children are integrated in society and at work. They may have had less social relations, but they are of high quality and will last a lifetime.”. Audrey Gaillard has already signed her daughter up for riding lessons next year and plans to teach her to swim and introduce her to other children at IEF. “The intention is not to prevent him from having any social connection”, she argues. Of course, “We make different educational choices than usual, but we are like otherssays the co-founder of UNIE, with the IEF, France is gaining diversity: we don’t have to put everyone in the same mold.”

The draft law on “separatism” will be presented to the Council of Ministers on December 9. If approved, Armelle Borel is certain: “It risks pushing people into hiding. They will want to move, hide, but not send their children to school.”. Same story on Audrey Gaillard’s side. She categorically insists: “My daughter will not go to school, no matter what the law says.”

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