Home Schooling

French-speaking cantons plan to reform home education – rts.ch

Home education is on the rise, with almost 900 French-speaking children enrolled today. Each canton tolerates these alternative pedagogies more or less well, but the most tolerant, Neuchâtel and Vaud, ensure reforms.

In Mosteau-Lutolf, no stress at the start of the school year. The four children are 4, 10, 12 and 15 years old and train at home, or rather “in real life” as their mom Debora Lutolf would say. “A leaf of a tree, an engine, a computer, a neighbor, learning opportunities are everywhere. The luxury we have at home is to have children seven days a week, 24 hours a day,” he points out.

This phenomenon remains marginal, but more and more families in Romandie are educating their children at home. It is the main canton, the canton of Vaud, which unites two-thirds of these parallel “staffs”. At the beginning of the 2019 school year, there are 580 of them, ten years earlier there were 72.

The law on parents and teachers again put on the table

The canton of Vaud acts as a magnet for families who want to take over their children’s education themselves. No prerequisites, no request for authorization, just report to the authorities. The cantons of Geneva and Bern allow home education under certain conditions. As in Friborg and Valais, but with an additional requirement: one of the parents must hold a teaching certificate. To the extent that some are considering moving in next door to escape the criterion.

>> Home education is attracting more and more French speakers, but the context varies greatly from one canton to another. Report at 19:30:

Home education is attracting more and more French speakers, but the context varies greatly from one canton to another. / 19:30 / 2 min. / August 28, 2019

This situation could change, as the most tolerant cantons want to tighten the screw. In Neuchâtel, the authorities plan to draw inspiration from the Friborg law on parents and teachers. “[Celles et ceux] who want to educate their child at home, must provide the same teaching that is provided at school, that is, with new means of teaching, with the quality of educational goals that are in public school. As a parent, you cannot replace a dozen competent experts,” explains Jean-Claude Marguet, head of the compulsory education department of the canton of Neuchâtel, at 19:30.

Group learning is preferred

Vaudois State Councilor Cesla Amarelle adds. “These children must have the possibility, if they want, to return to compulsory schooling, because there they learn to live together, there they learn in the classroom, in the collective.”

But for Debora Lutolfová, community life is also learned outside the school walls. His children do not live in a vacuum, they play sports with other children of their age and are members of various associations. For her, it is an alternative pedagogy that must have its place, today more than ever before. “Increasingly, people are asked to have original ideas, to think outside the box, to be original, and behind that they are asked not to be too imaginative and to do what they are told. request.”

Between a real alternative to public school or an option limited to exceptional situations, what place for this different way of learning in French-speaking Switzerland? Everything will be decided in the coming months.

>> Also listen to the Futur anterior report:

Future anterior – Family education, an alternative to public school / La Matinale 5h – 6h30 / 4 min. / August 23, 2019

Julien Chiffelle

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