Was the SES test politically oriented? On the internet, an anthology of reactions.

On Thursday, May 12, high school students took the 2022 high school specialty tests. The subject of SES (economics and social sciences) caused a deluge of criticism on social media, arguing that these they would be oriented towards liberalism. Was the test really biased? In recent days, reactions have skyrocketed.

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At the origin of the controversy: one of the subjects offered to graduates who have chosen the specialty of Economics and Social Sciences. Candidates were specially invited demonstrate that innovation can help push back the ecological limits of growth “, or even in” to show that the action of the public authorities in favor of social justice can produce perverse effects. The subject in question, available on the national education website, was broadcast one hour after the start of the test by a philosophy teacher who supervised it.

The Association of Professors of Economics and Social Sciences (Apses) reacted on Friday. According to this group of teachers, it is first of all the formulation of the subjects that raises questions: The problem, then, comes from these exercises that require recitation, without going back, without debate or problematization.. »

This topic is ” The tree that hides the forest “, he also denounces the Apses, because it is in the image of the program that is taught throughout the year:” Symptom of insufficient consideration of environmental issues in the programs. An argument taken up by Léna Clément, SES associate professor. His brother, the famous journalist Hugo Clément, transmitted his opinion on his Instagram page.

Explaining that the program being taught has been evolving since the arrival of Jean-Michel Blanquer in the ministry, Léna Clément denounces a biased teaching that favors a unique vision of the economy: that she considers that ” natural and technological capital are substitutable. »

Loup Espargilière, journalist and founder of the media greenin the meantime you have “ passed high school in a Twitter thread. He showed with a + b how problematic the wording of the topic is: it implies that “ growth is essential »And that the ecological limits must be« adjourned. The journalist recalled that, historically, GDP growth has gone hand in hand with the growth of CO2 emissions.

On Twitter, sociologist Denis Colombi took the opposite view of the controversy, describing the debate over the test: ” Here, we ask them to mobilize part of the lesson (…) It is the skill we want to test, instead of seeing if they can recite a lesson plan as it is, see if they can choose what happens. . It is already important to understand the exercise and its form. »


More than throwing stones at the drafting of the BAC subject, he invited in a Tweet published yesterday to rethink the form of the programs enriching the part dedicated to the environmental economy.

Was the SES BAC topic really … limit? It’s your turn to judge!

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