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Pedagogical continuity and New Education – Two-voices testimony
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« It took me a few days before I really realized and then accepted the situation. That said, I quickly imagined the difficulties that the students I accompany all year round to follow their lessons at a distance would encounter. Indeed, I work in a rural high school and as we know, the countryside is not always well supplied with internet speed and telephone network. So, you can imagine my anger when I heard the Minister of National Education say that no student would be abandoned or forgotten. What does he know about it? What does he know about the individual realities of each student? The reality is that not all students are equal: lack of computer tools, lack of printers to work off the screen, sharing tools for an entire sibling, difficult connection to virtual classrooms ... the list could be longer.
And then, how do we take into account the lack of motivation to get to work? If I can't accept the situation and take advantage of it to move forward and work, then do the students manage to do so? How do they manage to project themselves on the continuation of their studies, their exams, their orientation? «
« In the first days of quarantine, I first bound my helplessness with anger. Helplessness because, although I had put my suit of "Education Counsellor" in the closet for several months, I had my educational responsibility scratched to the core when I thought of the living conditions of the last pupils I accompanied to Saint-Denis; the media then took three weeks to note that precarious employers would die more there than they would leave without a certificate, that the hospitals there would be less equipped than elsewhere, that young women would have more difficulty getting abortions, that police violence would increase more there. Social inequalities, educational inequalities, who doesn't have the time of day or the chicken there? Much closer to me, I found it hard to accept that we wouldn't continue the mini-podcast "Who invented the coronavirus? "mini-podcast with the children from the expression workshops at Joué-lès-Tours, when it was just the right time to keep going.
Anger, because the Minister of Education had only efficiency-work-resumption of schooling in line with school progress - in his mouth. Then, when he was forced to take into account the newly institutionally produced inequalities (because failure at school and dropping out is expensive), he talked about "educational remedial summer camps" and with his secretary of state, they didn't even let go of the Universal National Service. Fighting against the social and digital divides, and above all abandoning any utilitarian logic, was out of the question, even though it seemed to me to be crying out that we had to rely on the present and the word of children, that was the social treasure to be preserved.
Fortunately, Philippe Meirieu once again eased my dilemmas with his reflections on the school afterwards. And also, in the meantime, I saved my anger for my moments of solitude and then, carefully, I transformed it into energy (as Fernand Deligny wrote in the collection Graine de Crapule, and we went back to the path of reflection + action = pedagogy. »
What we’re triyng to do [...]
- Quarantine Stories
- Solidarity experiences
- Social and educational work in the emergency
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