Home Schooling

“My daughter will not go to school, no matter what the law says.”

In the fight against “separatism”, Emmanuel Macron wants to “severely limit” the home education of students. An incomprehensible decision for parents of home-schooled children.

He presented it as “necessity”a decision that is “probably one of the most radical since the 1882 Acts and the Mixed Education Acts of 1969”. During his speech against “separatism” on Friday, October 2, Emmanuel Macron announced that he wanted to “restrict” home education of children.

From the beginning of the 2021 school year, home education will no longer take place, except for pupils with “health requirements”. The president then justified this choice by evoking parents who refuse to send their children to music lessons or to the swimming pool. “deschooling” and lessons in undeclared structures with “almost no window, women in niqabs welcoming them, prayers”.

Startled parents of concerned students were quick to react. “We don’t understand the amalgam between homeschooling and separatism“, indignant Armelle Borel, co-founder of the UNIE association that supports family education (IEF), we are an easy scapegoat“. Reminds that the IEF is already “hyper controlled“Precisely to avoid problems.

School academies and town hall inspections are carried out every two years to check the learning environment and content taught to 50,000 home-schooled children. If this number is increasing (in 2019 there were 41,000 and in 2017 35,000), the co-founder of UNIE explains it by the integration of 3-year-old children into the calculation or even a health crisis. The share of these students is still very low and represents 0.5% of the total number of students enrolled in France (ie 12.4 million).

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

Take care of your child first

Armelle Borel practiced IEF while her three children, now in their twenties, were in school. She started when she realized that her youngest child was not presenting “no immune response”. It was a matter of life or death for her: “If the IEF didn’t exist, 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 after eating a pancake, adding: “I don’t trust the school”. Secretary Senillé near Châtellerault continues: “I lost a little boy in 2015. So I also wanted to live and fully share my daughter’s education”.

Sometimes it is not physical but mental health that is at stake. Home education can then save children who are bullied at school. Armelle Borel recalls a conversation with a parent practicing IEF for her bullied child. He would tell him: “If you send me back to school, I’ll kill myself”. A problem that concerns Audrey Gaillard all the more because she herself was a victim of harassment during her schooling. “Institutions don’t listen” laments “And I don’t want my daughter to go through that.”.

Cultivate diversity

As for the argument that the IEF would cut children off from society, Armelle Borel was quick to dismiss it. “Currently, my three children are integrated into society and working. They may have had less social relationships, but they are of good quality and will last a lifetime.”. Audrey Gaillard has already pre-registered her daughter for next year’s riding lessons and plans to teach her to swim and introduce her to the other kids at IEF. “The goal is not to prevent him from social connections”, he claims. sure “Educational choices are different than usual, but we are like everyone elsesays the co-founder of UNIE, with the IEF, France is gaining diversity: we must not put everyone in the same mold”.

The draft law on “separatism” will be submitted to the MoI on December 9. If he is accepted, Armelle Borel is sure: “it risks pushing people into hiding. They will want to move, hide, but they won’t send their children to school”. Same story on Audrey Gaillard’s side. It lasts categorically: “My daughter will not go to school, no matter what the law says.”

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