Home Schooling

In Seine-et-Marne, these parents are fighting for a home school

Several families gathered outside the prefecture of Seine-et-Marne on Friday 2 September to demand their rights. ©William Lacaille/Republic of Seine-et-Marne

They had twenty to defend the rights of hundreds of parents in the department. On Friday, September 2, several families braved the rain to manifest in front of the prefecture of Seine-et-Marne in Melun. The reason for their anger: the increasing difficulty in obtaining ano authorization to carry out family instruction (IEF), school at home.

Law at the heart of the conflict

To make their voices heard, the mothers of Seine-et-Marnaise have created collectives, Free shoots 77. They are promoting a chant against the anti-separatism law that was passed a year ago. The law “intends to provide answers to community withdrawal and the development of radical Islamism by strengthening respect for republican principles and amending laws on religions,” the government explains.

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

In the words of Michael P. Donnelly, a Juris Doctor from Boston University Scholl of Law, on which Les Pousses Libres 77 is based, “nothing matches homeschooling with this interest. A ban on home schooling is therefore not necessary to serve the interests of the school”.

He also claims that children educated at home very good students. “More than 700 colleges in the United States accept domestic students. These profiles are even searched,” he gives as an example.

“Prohibitions are raining”

In connection with the fight against radicalization, the law imposes much stricter criteria on parents to be able to educate their children at home. “Previously, we annually declared to the Academy that our child is being educated in the family by providing our educational project. And they checked us every year to check the child’s learning and the family context. From this law we have torequest authorization from the rectory and that we are justifying the particular situation,” explains Diane Bhuicq, a mother who practices home education of these two girls, ages 6 and 10.

Very demanding criteria that prevent many families from improving their children’s home education. “For several weeks now, bans are raining. The Créteil Academy is among the leading rejections, and in Seine-et-Marne, the authorization procedures for the “child’s own situation” appear to be drawn on a “short straw” rather than subjected to rigorous study. and egalitarian, confirms Jennifer. Siard, member of the team.

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On Friday, September 2, the demonstration caught the attention of many deputies from the department, such as Olivier Faure (PS) or Ersilia Soudais (LFI), who remain in contact with the collective to defend their cases in the National Assembly. Free shots 77 rrequest the cancellation of section 29 reform of the religious police system, known as the Anti-Separatism Act, which “reduces our liberties”.

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