An Authoritarian System of Authorisation to Replace a Democratic Freedom

BRUT 4th December 2020

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For Macron to keep his head held high, the government are working on a system of authorisation to corral home education.

The parliamentarian writing the law appreciate this.

It’s almost Sarkozy. News is diffused, a law is made. Or rather, when deal with an exception, we change the rule. In this manner the head of state pulled the same scenario out of his hat on Friday during a live broadcast on the BRUT news channel (at 1hr 05mins). He speaks of little girls veiled from head to toe, educated collectively, while being home education registered. We are asked to take his word on the matter and specifically believe his comments that the current legal regulations on home education would be incapable of handling such a situation. The republic is in danger and legislation urgently required.

Except that this is untrue.

Children registered as home educated are among the most regulated in France. Firstly they are subject to a double registration each year; with both the local town hall and also the Education Department. Then there are assessments of their progression at least once every year. Not to forget that it is strictly forbidden for families having chosen this mode of education to form groups to educate their children. These are called de facto schools. This act is prohibited by article L131-5 of the Education Code and punishable by the Penal Code article 441-7 with a one year prison term and a 15,000 € fine.

Blanquer to the Rescue.

Obviously the way to combat separatism is not through banning home education. This is a smoke screen created to convince public opinion that the government have a strong grip when dealing with terrorism. In passing, a doubt is insinuated over Muslims and Islamic Extremists, in order to feed right wing voters. On the political field collateral damage does not matter, a mere 25,000 minors affected even without counting the phantoms of the republic. The government does not care.

The opinion of the Conseil d’État on the bill to combat separatism remained very discrete on Thursday evening to the extent of fleeing during the week and warning the government of the ineptitude of this prohibitive measure. The Conseil d’État will give their final opinion on Monday the 7th of December 2020. Then we shall see whether the Conseil d’État is still a guarantor of our institutions. The foot soldier Blanquer, Doctor of Constitutional Law, who has known from the beginning that the proposed measure is unconstitutional, was call upon during the 16 hour deliberation at the Palais Royal, to save the day for Emmanuel Macron. To try to avoid a major political setback. Macron himself said that Blanquer: “He has been (working) with the Conseil d’Ètat and will continue with the parliamentarians”. His task is to “anticipate the real exceptions which correspond to the situations which people are living”. With a miserly hand, he will reinvent educational freedom.

The Inspectors of the Academy Against this Project

In any case, he will need to be inspired, as the arguments to defend this freedom which, according to Blanquer are based “on a strong constitutional foundation”, 58 mins, find the unexpected support of the Inspectors of the Academy. The revue du syndicat fine tooth comb the measure declared by Macron from pages 7-10 in the best possible way. Inspectors of the Academy who could not have been suspected of being pro home education, invite the president to show proof of subtlety and reflection. And to avoid the amalgamation of home educating families and radicalisation. The Human Rights League could not have said it better. This unwavering guardian of fundamental freedoms, spoke out clearly in favour of educational freedom of choice. If the madness of banning home education passed the vote of parliamentarians from both chambers, without referral to the Constitutional Council, the Human Rights League, reserves the right, as do we, to call on that noble institution. Even if it means offending Macron’s certitude.

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Illegal Refusal of Home Education The Purely Academic Fake News

Published the 3 décembre 2020 by Actions politiques

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The project of law to ban home education in France has not yet been presented to the ‘Conseil des Ministres’ and families are already having their declaration to home educate refused. Almost as though the freedom of home education is already subject to a system of authorisation.

In Calvados there is no need to be burdened by the Education Code in order to deny families who declare their wish to educate their children beyond a school structure. Rather an almost acrobatic interpretation of the law is made. Thus the services of the National Department of Education are already proposing a recommendation which would necessitate a declaration being made at the beginning of the school year in order to better refuse a declaration dating from November. Firstly this circulaire of the 26th of December 2011 was repealed on the 10th April 2017. Secondly, a circular is never more than a memo which is not intended to be binding for the population but rather for the employees of the administration. It is meant to explain a law to them, not rewrite one. It simply does not have this power.

Specifically the article cited from the Education Code 131-5, speaks for itself. The double declaration of the town hall and the National Education Department are “formalities which should be carried out within eight days following any change of residence or choice of education”. End of drum roll.

This drift or rather shift is worrying to say the least. What is hidden behind this zealous fever of the departmental services of the National Education Department which seeks to obstruct home education? The desire to please the president, who decreed the end of freedom of educational choice? Should this be seen as a widespread practice of using the apparatus of the state for partisan purposes as in the article of the Liberation denouncing the creation of a false union to aid the reforms of Minister Blanquer (Education Minister). https://www.liberation.fr/france/2020/11/20/magouille_1806308).

Lost at Every Level

The totem of ‘School for All’ stirs even Mélenchon who in October declared: “I am hostile to home education. Teaching should occur in school. There is one complex case, not very widespread, that is known as ‘School Phobia’ which poses a question.” School Phobia or School Refusal indeed concerns only between 2% and 5% of school attendance age and who are treated for this malaise. This amounts to between 240,000 and 600,000 children. A mere handful.

Added to or combined with the 700,000 children victims of bullying https://www.observatoire-sante.fr/harcelement-scolaire-chiffres-causes-et-consequences/. A beautiful Republican success.

Therefore since the school of the republic exists everything should be sacrificed for it and a blank check signed on the mental health of our children. We are not resigned to this, we who have chosen to accept responsibility of the education of our children in a setting which respects their rhythm, their interests and personality. This freedom seems to frighten those who dream of controlling and assessing individuals up until the age of apprenticeship. We will be the rebellious ones if need be. We are already the rebels of the republic marching in line.

The End of the Old World

Why so much distance between the complex thought of Macron and that of a man who claims to be the republic in his own right. Are the public schools aflame? If you believe the survey, https://www.franceinter.fr/societe/professeurs-et-parents-d-eleves-jugent-severement-l-action-de-jean-michel-blanquer-selon-un-sondage, parents judge Blanquer’s way of dealing with the health crisis very harshly. As a matter of fact, many of them have chosen to home educate from the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Other parents, unable to bear having their children forced to spend their days masked, made the same choice with advent of the second period of confinement. This explains the decision, as spectaculaire as it was disproportionate, to ban home education in 2021. Remember it is not yet law!

The signs of this mass movement are numerous: the Vademecum (a document explaining home education regulations) of the National Education Department, in the flurry of the presidential declaration of the 2nd of October, already stated that home education was no longer possible, before quietly erasing the error from this document during an update in November.

Are the ‘Old School’ afraid of the ‘Start-Up’ of home education? Home education is, until proven otherwise, an elective choice. Aiming to reduce it to a system of authorisation is not only preemptory but totally illegal. When declaring the choice of home education, the role of the Director of the Academy of the National Education Department is simply to take note. And also to provide us with a receipt.

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Macron Backed into a Corner

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Press Release Le Parisien 28.11.20

Will the top notch at the Élysée be able to breach “the wall of home education” was the front page of Le Parisien on Thursday. The Conseil d’État (Council of State) made a polite reminder of the risk of failing. If he stubbornly persists, he may well crash land. https://www.leparisien.fr/politique/le-mur-de-l-ecole-a-la-maison-26-11-2020-8410724.php

These days FREEDOM of the press is a precious ally for freedom of educational choice.

After having informed us of the birth of the law against separatism when Macron outright decided to ban home education in France (https://www.leparisien.fr/politique/separatisme-l-histoire-tourmentee-d-un-projet-de-loi-brulant-19-11-2020-8409223.php), the Parisian newspaper has now gone behind the scenes at the Conseil d’État to inform readers of debates between the jurists of this noble institution. Unsurprisingly the initial debates reiterate the arguments that we have been developing since the beginning of this crisis. The difference being that they emanate from an institution which is placed above the project of law that the government is preparing to submit to parliamentarians. The unconstitutional nature of such a ban on educational freedom raises questions. This is indeed an understatement when we realise that Jean-Michel Blanquer, himself a Doctor of Constitutional Law, in June of this year, proclaimed before the state senate that home education was based on a powerful constitutional principal. Curiously, after several press releases, during which the Education Minister then claimed that banning home education would be positive progress for children’s rights, the ‘Baron Noir’ of the National Education Department (https://www.liberation.fr/france/2020/11/20/magouille_1806308) has become much more discreet. “In other words, it is the state apparatus, Rue de Grenelle or in decentralised administrations, which has been put at the service of partisan instrumentalisation”. As of yesterday it is Darmanin’s turn to be weakened by police violence. Schiappa is up next…

The Impact Study is Insufficient for the Conseil d’État

On Monday at Place Beauvau, Paris, LED’A was received by advisors to the Minister delegated to citzenship (with LAIA, the cours PI and the association Créer son école). At the Ministry of the Interior, home education representatives were received out of politeness while it was indicated that the proposed ban on home education is the work of Blanquer. Clearly, if like Darmanin and Schiappa you see ‘ghosts of the republic’ don’t dial 911. Calling Ghostbusters on your Minitel terminal, would be more useful.

Once again home education representatives call for the Impact Study which was presented to the Conseil d’Ètat. “Vision with Education!”. It already exists. Defender of the contradictory, Blanquer’s department wants to reserve the first consultation of the study for parliamentarians…rather than the principal groups concerned. The people’s elected representatives will no doubt be delighted to learn that the Conseil d’État considers this study “inadequate”.

Since the freedom of inadequacy is not yet constitutional this little attribute opens a breach towards a first class abandonment of the flagship measure in the law against separatism. We will make sure of that.

We have reached a turning point. Either Macron discreetly withdraws the measure concerning home education from the law against separatism and elegantly lets one of his ministers take the heat or he isolates himself with his shoulder to the wheel. In the long term Macron risks being disowned by the Conseil d’État, but for many families the damage caused will be considerable. It is for this reason that we have to increase the pressure, more than ever. It is to this end that LED’A encourages its members to use the freedom to demonstrate in front of the courts of law throughout France the 4th, 5th and 6th of December 2020. The aim is to show the executive that if we must, it is through the courts that we will increase our contention to cancel this law against liberty.

The opinion of the Conseil d’État, however enlightening it may be, is of an advisory nature for the time being.

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Home Education Ban: the work of Prince Macron

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Published the 22nd November 2020 by Actions Politiques

As parliamentarians from all sides mobilise to preserve educational freedoms, Le Parisien this week showed that the proposed ban on home education (IEF – Instruction en Familie) beginning at the start of the school year in 2021 is the work of one man, Jupiter. At the same time the United Nations preaches to France about the decline of liberty in a right wing country.

Reading the Parisien from the 19th of November, home educating families (IEF) understand where the wind in the sails of the 2nd of October announcement comes from; the charge that threatens their life choices,. https://www.leparisien.fr/politique/separatisme-l-histoire-tourmentee-d-un-projet-de-loi-brulant-19-11-2020-8409223.php

The project of law is underway but the president is still is groping around to find where the text will land.

He has surprised us on other occasions. For example during the meeting with the ministers organised on September the 17th 2020.

Jean-Michel Blanquer evoked the rampant deregistration of students from school and “suggests locating them by crossing schools roles with social aid data to identify the families in question and better target their regulation”. Macron replies: “We should be more ambitious. Let’s instead look at means to ban home education outright”. “Blanquer was astounded. He had not dared go so far, convinced he would not be followed”, said a participant. Astonishing to say the least.

In the wake of Macron’s 2nd of October 2020 announcement to ban home education (IEF), in the Vademecum of the National Education Department (a document outlining home education in France) we find:

“Following the announcement fro the President of the Republic on the 2nd of October 2020, school attendance will be obligatory for all, ages 3 years and up from the return to school in 2021. This will result in the strict limitation of home education, specifically for health requirements”.

In passing, the services of J-M Blanquer, Doctor of Constitutional Law, does not burden themselves with the legislative process which requires that a law be voted and enacted before being imposed on the population. This week, it was with the discretion of the scent of a violet that these few lines have been withdrawn from the Vademecum, realign with the separation of powers and due process. https://eduscol.education.fr/2212/l-instruction-dans-la-famille

A Lively Debate Promised at the Assemblée

We no longer hear anything from J-M Blanquer defending the designs of his president. There is a storm on the horizon of the Hémicycle of the National Assembly.

This week no fewer than 80 deputies (elected parliamentary officials) replied to the invitation of Anne-Laure Blin, LR deputy of Maine-et-Loire, who organised a video conference with the associations who represent home educating families. https://twitter.com/AnneLaureBlin/status/1329456631189557248/photo/4

This parliamentarian stated “I share the governments concern to fight the islamic politicalisation and radicalisation but home education (IEF) is the wrong target. The target is underground schools. Banning home education is an attack on educational freedom”.

 

Since the government seems inclined to trample constitutional rights, a number of parliamentarians are breaking rank. Fabien Gouttefarde, député LREM from the Eure, who participated in this meeting  https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10160639450122729&set=gm.10158526083377110

soberly said: “Education is compulsory, not school”.

Cédric Villiani went further. In an interview in L’Opinion on the 19th of November the parlimentary député from Paris, former LREM, promised “a lively debate at the Assembly on the subject of the banning of home education”. He also sent a substantial letter to Jean Castex on the 3rd of November and seems to understand the issues which lead to home education. For him “not all means are justified in the fight against separatism”.  https://www.lopinion.fr/edition/politique/cedric-villani-tous-moyens-ne-sont-pas-bons-lutter-contre-separatisme-229610

The United Nations Reprimand France

Since the French government wanted the press to register at the prefecture in order to exercise their freedom of press, the United Nations reminded the country which is the birthplace of human rights…what human rights are. Alerted by the Human Rights League, the international organisation called France to order on the Global Security Act which was debated on the 18th of November at the Assembly. https://www.ldh-france.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Rapport-Haut-commissaire-aux-droits-de-lHomme-ONU.pdf

To be precise: “The project of law, which emerges in the general context of the fight against terrorism, also seems to reflect a lack of precision which could undermine the rule of law”. Inspiring!

Gérald Darmanin who sees “little phantoms of the republic” everywhere but unable to provide figures connecting extremism and home education, could not have said it better into the microphone of Europe 1 on the 18th of November, concerning freedom of expression. At 13 mins he freely exclaims: “we have the right to be shocked by something but we have no right to prohibit it. This freedom of expression, must be accepted”. (…) “It has to be understood that France is a country of liberty. Liberty, liberty cherie. (…) France is so well loved because of this liberty”. Beautiful sentiment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYfob7EPqxU

The Association Les enfants D’Abord (LED’A – Children First) and the 1275 member families who chose educational freedom for their children are waiting for action. That the government withdraws from their project of law against separatism (strengthening secularism and the principals of the republic) the component which bans home education. The freedom of education should not only be reserved for the few individuals given permission from an authority. It is a constitutional right, full stop. 

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Paris the 18th November 2020

Project to Ban Home Education (IEF) in France: an Unconstitutional Measure.

On the 2nd of October 2020, within the framework of the bill to strengthen secularism and the principals of the republic, the French president announced:

As of the return-to-school in 2021, schooling will be made compulsory for all from 3 years of age onwards. Home education will be strictly limited, specifically for health requirements”.

In France freedom of education, of which home education is a case in hand, is a constitutional right. At our request Bernard Fau, Esq., a lawyer of the Cour de Paris and member of the Conseil de l’Ordre, alerted the Conseil d’Etat (Council of State) to the unconstitutional nature of this measure.

Today we publish an interview with Bernard Fan, Esq., who explains in the video why “there is no doubt of the constitutional guarantee of the freedom of home education”. Six minutes of instructive video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H646P9L3mzg

Signataires et contacts :

L’association LED’A (Les enfants d’abord)

Contact : libertedelinstruction@lesenfantsdabord.org / +33689987526 ou +33670100140 ou +33608950100

L’association LAIA (Libres d’Apprendre et d’Instruire Autrement)

Contact : contact@laia-asso.fr / +336 99 33 89 96 ou +336 71 93 87 72 ou +336 95 95 55 26.

Le Collectif l’Ecole est la Maison (EELM)

Contact : Laurence Fournier – lecoleestlamaison@gmail.com / +336 62 92 84 70.

Le Collectif FELICIA (Fédération pour la Liberté du Choix de l’Instruction et des Apprentissages)

Contact : Denis – presse@federation-felicia.org / +336 19 10 37 88.

L’association CISE (Choisir d’instruire son enfant)

Contact : therese.pour.cise@gmail.com / +336 84 94 66 28.

L’association UNIE (Union Nationale pour l’Instruction et lEpanouissement)

Contact : Armelle – unie.association@gmail.com / +337 68 47 76 40.

1- Lire aussi notre communiqué de presse du 5 novembre 2020 : « Projet d’interdiction de l’instruction en famille (IEF) : les associations alertent le Conseil d’État » https://laia-asso.fr/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/CQPinterassos.pdf

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Press Release from the Associations and Representatives of Home Education (IEF- Instruction En Famille, private schools ‘hors contract’ – not operating under a contract with the state and defenders of freedom)

Posted on 11 November 2020

Educational Freedom is not negotiable.

Stand together to defend our fundamental freedoms!

Following the presidential announcement to make schooling (rather than education) compulsory for all children from the ages of 3 to 16 years, a meeting to present the bill to strengthen the values of the Republic (initially a bill on “separatism “) was organised by the Ministry of National Education on Tuesday the 10th of November 2020. The meeting was led by Richard Senghor, special advisor to Jean-Michel Blanquer, with the participation of the DGESCO, the DAJ and the DAF.

The bill anticipatesabanonhome education (IEF – Instruction en Famille) in France except in the case of “the impossibility of the child to attend school due totheir situation or that of their family”. It also gives the administration, without the guarantee offered by the intervention of a judge, the sole power to decide on the closure of private schools (hors contract – not operating under a contract with the state).

Civil organisations and representatives expressed their deep determination and declared their absolute opposition to the provisions presented.

The purpose of this bill is illegible; it results in a disturbing violation of educational freedom, which is clearly a constitutional issue.

The government has been unable to provide statistics or evidence of a link (other than anecdotal) between the phenomenon of radicalisation and the existence of the regulated and supervised practice of home education. They could only refer to forthcoming figures (!) from a future impact study for the bill. They were unable to explain how a home education (IEF – Instruction en Famille) ban might address the existence of clandestine forms of “education” beyond state control.

Is the state only using the legal means already at its disposal to dismantle schools which put children or the community in danger? How will this law increase the effectiveness of the state in this area? No answer to these common sense questions was provided.

Other than founding an independent school (not operating under a contract with the state), it will no longer be possible to educate in any direction other than that of National Education Department. The government thus deprives parents of the fundamental freedom to choose the type of education for their children: this authoritarian drift is contrary to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (art. 26-3) and the Constitution of our country, as the ministry indicated that it would do nothing to facilitate the creation of new free schools or the extension of private schools under defined contracts.

This introductory bill also constitutes a breach of equality: not all families have the financial means to enroll their child(ren) in private schools ‘hors contract’ (not operating under a contract with the state) which would better correspond to their educational orientation; not all families benefit from equal geographic access to schools. In the interests of their child(ren), all French people must have access to the option to home educate, even occasionally as in case of: school bullying, racketeering, school phobia … The choice of home education is certainly not a form of avoidance or refusal of the Republic and its institutions. To assimilate families practicing home education legally into “enemies of the Republic or public order” constitutes an unacceptable slanderous attack.

Associations and representatives of home educators and non-contract schools will fight against this anti-freedom project, with the help of parliamentarians who are adherents of freedom of education, personal freedom and fundamental freedoms which are also attacked in this bill. They ask the Council of State and the Constitutional Council to recall with all required solemnity, the constitutional nature of the freedom to choose the type of education to be given to one’s children and to take action against the manifestly disproportionate nature of the infringements made on this freedom by the project of law.

They invite the policy making parliamentariansto vote against this bill, which is a disgrace to the French Republic.

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The Law on Separatism: When the Government Lies to the Senate or to the People

Posted on 3 November 2020 by ledacom

In his speech on separatism on October the 2nd 2020, the French Head of State made a direct link between separatism and home education. Without putting forward even the beginning of a suggestion of an argument, he deduced that to fight against any form of radical drift, it was necessary to prohibit educational freedom. A surprising diagnosis to say the least when one refers to the proposals of his Minister of Education, heard on June 18th 2020 before the Senate committee on Islamist radicalisation.

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At 58 mins, Jean-Michel Blanquer declares specifically that home education rests on “a powerful constitutional foundation which one can only acknowledge and which is, I think, positive”. An expert opinion, since J-M Blanquer has a doctorate in law. It is indeed a freedom that rests on a constitutional basis, that is, at the top of the hierarchy of norms. It is the top of a pyramid whose point is our Constitution: the peak of the famous living together of our Republic.

Paradoxically, it is also its base. How can we imagine that an ordinary law could put an end to a constitutional principle which exceeds it, without being examined by the control of the Constitutional Council.

Unless it is a law to instil fear. Or a publicity stunt.

Blanquer: “We have reached a good balance

In his speech, we feel that this great constitutional principle is as binding to Minister Blanquer as it is binding to us all, with the law coming after the principal in terms of hierarchy. Like “constitutional brakes on public policies” *, title of the thesis of a certain B. Jean-Michel (Minister of Education), who would prevent any drift by the executive … Also, he continues in his speech, admitting that his ministry “must properly apply the rules of the 2019 law. And we are at the start of this implementation”. He is talking about the law known as “For a School of Trust”, a law of mistrust which made education compulsory from the age of 3 years, while tightening the framework of home education controls. Why then, four months after these declarations, is it so urgent to legislate, yet again, when the law of 2019 is not even in fully in motion? That Blanquer, answering the question of Senator Jean-Marie Bockel, who asked him whether home education should be prohibited or further conditioned, replied: “in terms of legal principles, we have achieved a good balance”.

So, one of two things: either Blanquer lied to senators about home education and its link with Islamist radicalisation or it is Emmanuel Macron who was guilty of disseminating false news in front of the French people by stigmatising home education as a cause of separatism.

In any case, and in the face of so much contempt for the truth, the association LEDA (Les Enfants D’Abord – Children First), in a common front for the maintenance of this right based on “a powerful constitutional foundation”, has joined forces with LAIA (Libres dapprendre et dinstruire autrement – Free to Learn and Educate Otherwise), the collective l’école est la maison – School is Home, the Felicia Collective, CISE (Choisir dinstruire son enfant – Choose to Educate Your Child), UNIE (Union nationale pour linstruction et l’épanouissement – National Union for Education and Development), Libralouest, to submit a brief to the Council of State in order to stop the forced march of this anti freedom law.

Since the executive has decided to silence plurality, it is masked that we will argue our opposition to this retrograde law.

*Thesis by Jean-Michel Blanquer: “les freins constitutionnels aux politiques publiques : les politiques publiques d’éducation – the constitutional obstacles to public policies: public education policies.

 

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FRANCE – Proposed Abolition of Educational Freedom of Choice

On the 2nd of October 2020 the French President, Emmanuel Macron, announced his intention to end home education in France as of September 2021.

Situation

Currently French families have full authority over their children and their children’s education. This freedom of educational choice is upheld by the constitution, the Jules Ferry Law of 1882 and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.

Current Education Regulations

There are already two frameworks in place to regulate elective home education in France

  • a yearly inspection of each child by the National Education Department and
  • a biennial meeting with the mayor of the town.

Both these measures adequately ensure that each child is in a safe environment and receiving an adequate education. If the education provided is deemed insufficient by the education authority, a second inspection is required to rectify the situation. If after a second inspection, the education provided continues to prove inadequate, there is an obligation of enrolment in public or private school.

Parental Rights

As home education is a parental right, it is not subject to authorisation. A simple declaration of intent to home educate sent to the two previously mentioned bodies, is adequate.

Emmanuel Macron wishes to end this parental right under the guise of protecting children and the state from separatist groups and islamic extremism in particular. 

Recent Changes in Law

Legislative changes in 2019 have made education compulsory in France from 3 to 16 years (instead of 6 to 16 years as it was previously).

Statistics

Compulsory education from the age of 3 years (since 2019) and current health measures relating to COVID 19, have led to a rise in home education in 2020.

Yet home educated children comprise a mere 0.4% of the school aged population.

Every person who has committed an act of terrorism in France has been the beneficiary of a state school education.

What this Means

France, the homeland of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (signed in Paris 1948) has projected the image of a democratic state, with LIBERTY being of the main national principals.  

The proposed law would end freedom of educational choice in France. Suppression of liberty has repercussions, not only for France but also impacts the wider international community.

The association Les Enfants d’Abord (LED’A – Children First) completely opposes the proposed banning of home education and asks for your support in this regard. 

How You Can Help

Write an open letter to the French Embassy in your country expressing your support for the French home educating community and declare opposition to the proposal to end educational freedom of choice in France.

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Write an article/open letter to your local press expressing your support for the French home educating community and declare opposition to the proposal to end educational freedom of choice in France. You can also forward press releases from the LED’A website.

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Organise a demonstration in support of the French home educating community and declare opposition to the proposal to end educational freedom of choice in France.

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An End to Home Education: Neither Macron nor Blanquer Make the Rules

Posted on 16th October, 2020
On RTL (a French radio station) the 13th of October 2020, Jean-Michel
Blanquer (Minister of National Education in France) questioned by Thomas Sotto on the establishment of a curfew in the context of the Covid 19 epidemic, declared: “Frankly, it would be premature to answer you on a measure that ‘has not been decided (…) I will not comment on something that is not done”. A modesty that he does not apply when home education is concerned.
Emmanuel Macron (President of France) decided to abolish home education from the start of the 2021 school year in his speech on separatism on the 2nd of October 2020. At minute 9 of this same interview, the Education Minister indicates that this prohibitive measure is “final”. He then peremptorily adds, “compulsory
schooling is a big step forward”.
The association LED’A (Les Enfants D’Abord – Children First), which does not share this opinion and has scientific studies to support this direction, reminds Minister Blanquer that the principle of the ‘separation of powers’ is not an option in our democracy. An incantation does not have the force of law, even when uttered by the head of state. For a law to be applicable, it first has to exist. For this to occur, it must be presented before our two Assemblies, and
the parliamentarians decide to adopt it, prior to its enactment. For now, this government executive is paying lip service and is quick to prohibit a public liberty, which has FOREVER been engraved in the marble of French law since 1882, by telling us about progress. For Minister Blanquer, it is as though the case is already closed. In the Vademecum (a text dedicated to home education, on the Eduscol website), elective home education has already been buried.

Exceptional Cases of Radicalisation
In this same Vademecum, dating from October 2020, on page 38 of Chapter 11 it states:
“Cases of children exposed to a risk of radicalisation detected during home education monitoring are exceptional”. Should we deduce that the executive has chosen to reply to the exception by suppressing the freedoms of the entire population? This would be fulfilling the objectives of the opponents of our democracy.
As a safeguard, the Senate has already answered this question in its report on Islamist radicalisation and the means to combat it. Its conclusions are clear: “Families have chosen home education without having the slightest intention of removing their child from the Republic. In my opinion, it is rather, up to the National Education Department to ensure that children at risk of radicalisation do not drop out of school. It is not about removing all freedom of choice from families”. Brushing aside this report from the Upper Chamber, Emmanuel Macron has decided to abolish family education. He is simply not qualified to do so.
The association LED’A, which appeals to the wisdom of our parliamentarians, recalls that the two chambers have not yet decided anything on the matter, as the bill is to be presented to the Council of Ministers on the 9th of December 2020. LED’A ensures the families who have made this educational choice of FREEDOM, that the association will use all the legal arsenal at their disposal to ensure that this right continues.

Les enfants d’abord, media team