“My daughter will not go to high school, it doesn’t matter what the regulation says.”

In the fight against “separatism”, Emmanuel Macron wants to “strictly limit” students’ home education. An incomprehensible decision for parents of children taught at home.

He presented it as “necessity”decision that is “Probably one of the most radical since the laws of 1882 and the laws providing mixed education in 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 school year 2021, home education will no longer take place, except for students with “health requirements”. The president then justified the choice by evoking parents who refuse to give their children to music lessons or a swimming pool. “deschooling” and lessons in undeclared structures with “almost no window, women in niqabs that welcome them, prayers”.

The startled parents of the anxious students responded quickly. “We do not understand amalgam between home school and separatism“Outraged Armelle Borel, co-founder of the Union for Family Education (IEF), we are a light sacrificial lamb“Recalls that the IEF is already”.hyper controlled“Just to avoid any problems.

School academies carry out town hall inspections every two years to check the learning environment and the content taught to 50,000 children who are learning at home. If this number rises (there were 41,000 in 2019 and 35,000 in 2017), the co-founder of the UNION explains this by integrating 3-year-olds into the calculation or even by the health crisis. The share of these students is still very low, representing 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 sooner “Life choice”. She allows this mother a 3-year-old girl from “protect”.

Take care of your baby first

Armelle Borel practiced IEF during the schooling of her three children, who are now twenty. She began 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 to put my other two children in foster care or risk the death of my second child.”.

“My daughter is allergic to animal protein.” Audrey Gaillard recalls the death of a baby allergic to milk in 2018 when he ate a pancake, and adds: “I don’t trust 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 there is no physical at stake, but mental health Homeschooling can then save children who are bullied at school. Armelle Borel recalls an interview with a parent who practices an IEF for her bullied child. He would tell him: “If you took me back to school, I would kill myself”. The problem that concerns Audrey Gaillard is all the more so as she herself was the victim of harassment during schooling. “Institutions do not listen” narieka, “and I don’t want my daughter to go through that”.

Cultivate diversity

As for the argument that the IEF would cut off children from the company, Armelle Borel quickly rejected it. “Currently, my three children are integrated into society and work. They may have had fewer social relationships, but they are good quality and will last a lifetime.”. Audrey Gaillard has already registered her daughter for riding lessons next year and plans to teach her to swim and introduce her to other children at the IEF. “The goal is not to prevent him from social ties”, claims. for sure “Choices in education are different from ordinary, but we are like everyone elsesays the co-founder of the UNION, with the IEF, France is gaining in diversity: we must not put them all together. “

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

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