Home schooling

Tighter oversight of homeschooling: Involved dad and mom on alert

The executive will present this December 9 the draft law “for the consolidation of republican principles”, which includes a much stricter framework for home schooling. Reactions in the family in Nice.

In his anti-separatism bill presented last October, the President of the Republic planned to ban home education 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 schooling in an institution.

The original text was intended to prevent children from sectarian, radical, religious registration

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

Asked last Friday December 5 in Brut, the President of the Republic seemed to withdraw, explaining that the appropriate exceptions would have to be found.
The Minister of National Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer explained that there will be “a system where we will check the educational project you have for your child”.

Last week, the Council of State reviewed the draft law, which should be presented to the Council of Ministers on Wednesday.

A right enshrined in law since 1882

The Ministry of National Education defines home schooling as “Family Instruction”. It is a highly supervised device that allows a family to opt out of putting their child in school while providing for their own education. It stems from a fundamental right, the principle of which is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and the Ferries Act of 1882: “Parents have the right of priority to choose the type of education which will be give to their children. »

In Nice, Cyane’s family chose this alternative education. At the age of 7, this little girl has never known the banks of the school.

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

“It’s not representative of who we are”

In his speech on October 2, the President of the Republic defined Islamic separatism: “This conscious, theorized, politico-religious project (…) materializes through repeated deviations from the values ​​of the Republic”, demonstrations are unschooling. of children, the development of municipal sports and cultural practices which are a pretext for learning principles that do not comply with the laws of the Republic.

For family associations, this statement presents a problem. According to them, Emmanuel Macron links home schooling and radical Islam, while they believe that there is no relationship between families that do not declare their children in National Education and those that practice home schooling and are regularly checked. An amalgam for which the associations consider that it has already been an object in 2009 with the publication of the 2009 report of the Interministerial Mission for Vigilance and the Fight against Sectarian Avoidance (MIVILUDES).

The prospect of banning Home Education is a real shock for parents who have chosen this way of education.

It is a violent announcement that has the effect of a 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 is trying to give education is not right, it is not representative of who we are”.

Instead of finding adequate solutions, we put everyone in the same bag.

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

A petition was 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 the rights of Family Education. It has already received more than 120,000 signatures.

The draft law was sent on Tuesday, November 17 to the presidents of the National Assembly and the Senate. It must be reviewed by the Council of Ministers on December 9.

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

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