Home Schooling

Homeschooling is coming home

Education. The health crisis has forced some parents to educate their children themselves. The principle of “school at home” existed before, but in this particular period it literally exploded. This Friday, September 2, several families symbolized their own return to school desks.

All schools are back. Even children. But not all of them. Some don’t really go to school; their parents prefer to take care of their education personally. Several families symbolically returned this Friday, September 2, in the Fontaine area of ​​Corgebine.

Homeschooling is a relatively new method of learning that has exploded amid Covid-19. “In 2017, 20 to 25,000 families educated their child independently. After the health crisis, there were around 65,000 of them, because many people realized that it is quite possible to educate their child,” explains Marylène.

This former national education teacher now works from home and decided to teach her child herself. This Friday the 2nd, she met for the first time six other families who made the same decision. Everyone wants to assure that “it is not a rejection of traditional school, but a choice”.

Even at home, the obligation of education

While Louis, Joseph, Côme, Elouann, Alec and Sevan have fun and use the playground to get to know each other, the mothers get to know each other in the pedagogy they use for their children.

“Some families are more followers of the Montessori method, others prefer the Steiner-Waldorf or Freinet method, or simply prefer the national education program,” adds Marylène. And Emma to clarify: “Our advantage is to go at the child’s pace and teach him according to our ideas. When he loves and is motivated, he inevitably learns better. Parents who decide to take over their child’s education must first apply for permission from Dasen (academic directorate of the national education services) and fill in the education documentation. From the age of 3, the educational obligation applies to the child, until the age of 16. Parents are free in their way of learning, but they are required to respect the common core of knowledge.

“We can learn different subjects in everyday life,” points out Pauline. “We can afford to learn maths by creating recipes for cooking or baking, or more easily with pebbles or wood. We can learn things through games. Everything is more concrete and much easier for them. Three mothers share an extraordinary adventure with their child through trips and outings together.

However, the main criticism of home education is the asocialization of the child, removed from the traditional educational system and the environment where people of his age learn to live. Emma responds by arguing John Bowlby’s attachment theory. This assumes that the child’s development on an affective and social level requires the establishment of a unique privileged relationship with at least one “care giver”, the one who provides the role of refuge of safety.


“The basis is self-confidence. Sure, there’s less socializing, but what little there is is curated and the interactions are of higher quality. The baby will have no problem leaving the nest. Marylène takes as an example her eldest son, who, since he was small, showed a pervasive shyness. “In two years at home school, because we gave him time, he is now talking to strangers. They would put it in a corner in the classroom and learn it by watching others. »

For Pauline, education at home was “forced”, as “the teacher felt that my son was socially inappropriate, two days after the start of the school year. We were worried about this type of pedagogy that we would not succeed. I have no regrets today”.

It is obvious that the presence of parents at home is essential. Mother or father at home or working from home are common profiles. Marie Curie or Jean d’Ormesson were raised at home by their parents.

This is how the philosopher described his childhood. ” This means that for the first ten years of my schooling, I never went to school. I was raised in my mother’s skirts. They are delicious memories. I had an extremely happy childhood! [… ] I worked with my mother, who was sweet herself. I don’t remember any drama. »

Joffrey Tridon

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