Homeschooling: Why trigger pointless nervousness in our youngsters?

Mr Prime Minister, these days, because of your government, thousands of Quebec children at home are experiencing unnecessary anxiety with compulsory year-end classroom examinations.

The bullied boy from primary school returns to the school he attended to take the final exam and has nightmares about it. A student attacked in the school corridor takes an exam in a facility where he has suffered trauma and has the opportunity to meet his attackers again.

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Girls and elementary school boys who have experienced school anxiety are going on their mini-exam to an unknown place with people they don’t know.

Suspend ministerial reviews

Today, we are talking to the Prime Minister, but also to the former Minister of Education and, in particular, to the father of the family, who you are. On behalf of more than 1,800 home-based families, we are sending you a call from the bottom of our hearts to suspend the year-end ministerial examinations imposed on our children by your Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge. Right now, thousands of home and secondary school children at home have to go to school and endure situations that create stress, anxiety and anxiety!

For many families, home education is not an option, but rather a solution to the last resort. In Quebec, more than 50% of children educated at home have learning disabilities, mental health problems or problems that the traditional education system cannot adequately address. Not without significant compromises and sacrifices, the parent chooses a home school, but we place the education of our children at the forefront as parents.

Quebec is one of the most regulated provinces for home education. Families who make this choice are responsible to the Ministry of Education for their child’s educational progress. However, the ministry is exaggerating and now imposes an obligation on our children to take a ministerial test at a school they do not attend.

These exams become a huge source of anxiety for them and create a counterproductive environment for their academic success.

At present, fourths, sixth and second graders move around schools unnecessarily, and marks from exams will not be taken into account in their study progress. In addition, the ministerial examination for young people in the fourth and fifth grades counts for 100% of their grade, which is an unfair and unacceptable situation. Would parents who send their children to school accept that the final exam counts for 100% of their grade? This is injustice to our children!

Heartbreaking choice

As parents, we face a heartbreaking choice: to comply with the ministry’s regulatory requirements or to protect our children with consequences for their academic progress … Why expose your child to the anxieties of a year-end exam that has no effect on his school career? Why add excessive pressure on the shoulders of students IV. and V. high school exam that counts 100% of the final grade?

Home schoolchildren are part of the solution. We fear for the well-being of our children. Your Minister of Education refuses to meet with us.

Nevertheless, in your current situation, your government is creating an anxiety environment for our children from scratch! Mr. Legault, help us end this!

Marine Dumond-Després, President of the Quebec Association for Homeschooling and mother of three

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