The school of repression and inequality

Under the pretext of “ending laxity”, M Le Pen’s program envisages a complete overhaul of the school, university and high school, the teaching profession but also the programs and textbooks. It is the great upheaval that is announced. With a real desire for revenge, because education is the institution that, in the eyes of its campaign team, is the most affected by “wokism” and ideology. Its educational program, presented in a brochure and by its campaign team, places the school far behind in the selection of students. It would greatly aggravate inequalities by imposing a classification of students from 5th. The criminalization of the school order and the ideological surveillance of teachers by inspectors would lead to widespread violence in schools. The school dreamed of by M Le Pen is that of discrimination and repression.

Abolition of priority education

Perhaps the most important measure is the elimination of priority education. This is important enough for M Le Pen to consider constitutional reform to ban priority education. He is accused of creating “discrimination” among students, as more resources are directed to neighborhoods where more difficulties are concentrated. Priority education now accounts for 20% of students. JM Blanquer has begun to address this by creating local contracts that could lead to the dismissal of Reps. M Le Pen’s argument is the same as that of JM Blanquer: more resources need to be given to rural people, perhaps considered more “white”, although sociological studies show that the rural population is neither socially disadvantaged nor in terms of school results (and even less so in terms of means).

As such, the duplication would be reviewed. All classes would be limited to 20 students in primary and 30 in secondary. Therefore, the places granted to GS, CP and CE1 to 12 in priority education would be redistributed to another place. This measure would especially benefit the private sector. There are an average of 21 students per class in public primary schools and 25 in private schools with a contract. At the university, there are an average of 25 students in the public sector and 27 in the private sector. In high school it is 28 and 27. The bar set at 30th grade would therefore deteriorate the situation at the university, where students need more supervision. It would improve things in some institutes but to the detriment of others. In any case, this reform would not require additional resources. In addition, the M Le Pen campaign team does not quantify the number of sites required. We will see later that the reforms carried out will actually destroy jobs.

5 extra hours of classes at school

The primary school would be completely reorganized. M Le Pen announces an extension of the duration of education. Your team estimates that you need to add one hour of classes a day, or 5 hours a week. “We have to focus primary education on 3 subjects,” says his campaign team: French, math and history. We know that the French school is already the European champion fundamental. They would absorb almost all of the school time. The other teachings and “educations for” very badly seen by M Le Pen would disappear. “We need to put an end to all these pedagogical experiments that put students into action,” says the campaign team. For example everything that is interdisciplinary.

Orientation for students from 5th grade onwards

The school also needs to be reorganized. First, guidance needs to take place more with a call for business participation. Especially the selection must start on the 5th. “Students should not be forced to go to 9th,” explains his campaign team. He will also tell us later that “there are too many people in high school.” From 5th grade onwards, the administration orients students towards learning and career paths. This is a source of major job cuts that the campaign team does not quantify. Of course, this is the end of the only school.

“There are too many people in high school”

At the end of the university the patent ax falls. The patent would be a “highly valued” exam that would be decided by management. Depending on their place in the patent results, students would or would not go to the institute. The patent would decide whether to send it to apprenticeship, to the vocational pathway or to this or that baccalaureate sector, as the sectors would be restored. This permanent skimming from 5 allows to release positions. As a result, M Le Pen promises a re-evaluated high school without lowering the success rate: only the strongest students will have access to the final year. The others will be removed much sooner.

Systems that practice this continuous filtering to the detriment of the common core, this increases social inequalities. Children from disadvantaged backgrounds need more time to build their level. By abolishing priority education and establishing a barrier to 5th and then to 3rd, M Le Pen would restore education that existed before the 1930s with a path for the bourgeoisie, an extended high school to the university and an extended primary to 5th for the children of the village.

Revaluation by merits

This policy would lead to a significant drop in teaching resources. If there are fewer students in college and high school, we necessarily need fewer 2nd grade teachers. In the first grade, teachers will see their duty of service increased by 5 hours per week.

All this allows for the “revaluation” promised by M Le Pen. It promises a 3% annual salary increase for 5 years. But this revaluation would mainly affect the beginnings of a career. And it will be based on merit. Teachers who do more will be charged more, says his campaign team. For example, teachers overseeing trips abroad or principals will be improved. It is possible that in the school the salary increase of 3% is linked to the 5 hours in front of the students added to the weekly day. We have no details about that.

A very small budget

The budget figures for the announced measures remain unclear. But the decline in the number of students in school, university and high school should free up enough places. M Le Pen also plans to cut administrative vacancies and teachers “who are not in front of students.” The latter measure is aimed at unions, which have 2,390 affiliations (compared to 2,500 in 2019). The removal of administration posts presents itself as a miraculous panacea. But in fact, of the 320,000 non-teaching staff working in national education, there are 180,000 AEDs (supervisors), 20,000 managers and 80,000 administrators who are useless: guidance psychologists, secretaries and school managers. facilities, etc. Is it to eliminate the 125,000 AESH? Or demand, in the name of meritocracy, that teachers replace supervisors?

Penalty of school crimes

The educational reform proposed by M Le Pen is, as we have seen, very violent socially. It will also introduce schools and establishments to a level of violence never seen before. M Le Pen will pass an anti-Islam law that will have a school component. It announces “an automatic report to the prosecutor’s office and an automatic repression of Islamist activities” with the approval of criminal fines. Girls who accompany school outings will no longer be able to wear the veil, which will eliminate those outings where they are most needed and create resentment towards the school. There will be a judicial order of the school order with the sending before the courts of the facts related to the school order. However, we have seen damage to this system in other countries such as the United States.

Witch hunt of the masters

But M Le Pen does not intend to stop here. His party talks about restoring the authority of teachers. He forgets to mention authority over teachers. However, the program promises us a great witch hunt. Le Pen wants “the strengthening of the demand for absolute neutrality of the members of the teaching staff in political, ideological and religious matters.” Thus, it announces “the increase in the power of control of the inspection bodies in the matter and the obligation to report problematic cases under penalty of sanctions to supervisors.” A thoughtful police will sink on the teachers to resolve, align the teachers with the new order established by the party.

His campaign team announces the end of the INSPEs, which would be replaced by on-the-job training by deserving colleagues. But not just because they are “educators” nests. Not just to save money. Because “the ideology that reigns is incompatible with the neutrality of teachers,” explains the campaign team. “We have to fight.” Le Pen will also review resumes and textbooks. “The programs are influenced by ideology in history, geography, languages, French,” says the campaign team. “We criticize one country and not another,” he said. We don’t know if it’s Russia. “In history programs we hear wokism pointing, permanent repentance. We teach decolonization,” plagues the campaign team.

We measure the social, ethical, and professional disruptions that would occur at the School in the event of Mr. Le Pen’s victory in the presidential election. M Le Pen’s program marks the death of the Republican school and the end of the careers of thousands of teachers.

François Jarraud

The school program

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