Going through the covid, the dad and mom at Réunion are tempted by residence training

Given the outbreak of coronavirus in schools, homeschooling seems to be an attractive alternative. However, there are many obstacles to Reunion’s parents who want to turn to family school.

Homeschooling, a real alternative for parents? In the current epidemic context on the island, it is a reflex that many of them could master. Several schools on the island already report large numbers of student absences due to the risk of contamination. From there, it could be said that there could be a trend on the island that, in addition to parental education, teaching at home via Cned or with private teachers had not yet taken place.

However, even though the school year has only just begun, the Rectorate already has eloquent numbers. While in the whole of 2019 there were only 236 applications for family education, the equivalent number is reached only a few days after the beginning of the school year. The Rector’s Office also rejected many parents’ applications submitted since June for lack of legitimate reasons.

A refusal that reflects the vigilance of the College’s services in relation to these requests. ” The meeting on this topic will take place on Thursday 27. warns Jean-François Salles, Deputy Academic Director.We will carry out very regular inspections with new families that have integrated this system. Home teaching is allowed, but it fulfills certain obligations for the student. And it is a commitment on the part of families. We must not confuse everything: for students who do not come to the covid class for 15 days, this is not a school at home. It’s an absence. »

Risks of inequality

The framework, strict, is set. However, the reality remains unchanged as parents are constantly tempted to withdraw their children from school due to the current risk of infection. For Daniel Amouny, parents’ representative and FCPE president, this solution looks like a fake idea. ” It is a decision that needs to be carefully considered. These are financial costs and require a deep professional reorganization, supports the latter. There is also less socialization for the child due to isolation and psychological consequences, which can be negative. In my opinion, it is not up to the parents to look for solutions, but to the national education system to propose alternatives to protect children while ensuring continuity of education. »

Teachers also have these reservations about home education as a preventive measure against covid. The latter emphasize the deep inequalities that can result from this system if it is generalized. “Access to education must be the same, asks Jérôme Ethève, a trade union representative for the Force Ouvrière.Not all parents have the opportunity to provide lessons. This will lead to injustice. On the other hand, a coherent system must be put in place for all face-to-face with hybrid education as a whole. »

However, home education is a model in itself that works and is just waiting to gain a new audience. Anne-Marie Bossems, a parent counselor within the Creative Parenting Network, experienced this for seven years with her children before sending them back to school.

Not a very open system

He believes that this alternative can only work if it is not based on the traditional school regime. “Homeschooling did not work during the blockade because the parents did not have enough freedom, she said. Successful family education requires flexibility, autonomy. It’s different than at school, because everything can become a pretext for learning. Then it is not an ideal condition for teaching at school and at home. »

When asked what the prospects are for the development of this type of pedagogy at home on the island, a parenting expert is reserved. “I do not think that we will see a disproportionate development of domestic education on the island. There are still a lot of blockages because home education is still something very little known and it’s scary. And since the French system is not very open to this, there is little chance that the lines will change. »

Therefore, family education seems to be limited to a marginal role so far. Only a profound revolution in national education and vocational frameworks could really democratize this type of approach. However, if the health crisis persists, implementing tailor-made distance learning in their homes is a solution to stop the number of contaminations.

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