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Secularism, a high school eloquence contest turns into a fiasco

The Ile-de-France region announced, Thursday, June 23, suspending a grant of €10,000 to the Education League following an eloquence competition for high school students during which remarks “contrary to the values ​​of secularism and the Republic” were held. In this tense political period, it is thus confirmed that secularism is a sensitive subject. The president […]

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Sailing in high school: an investigation opened for threats against a civil servant

The national center for the fight against online hatred of the Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Friday, June 17 following a complaint filed by the principal education advisor (CPE) of the Lycée Charlemagne. According to the prosecution, which confirmed the facts on Monday, she was the victim of death threats and online harassment. […]

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Council of Elders of Secularism: “a job far from over” despite progress

Reset the Republican clock. The Council of Elders of Secularism (CSL), installed in January 2018 by the Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer, presented, Monday, April 4, a report of four years of activity. Chaired by sociologist Dominique Schnapper, this body, made up of around twenty members, carried out two missions simultaneously. → ANALYSIS. Secularism at […]

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Education: secular associations denounce pedagogical abuses in non-contract schools

Facade secularism, biased historical teachings, discrimination… A survey published on Wednesday March 9 by the National Committee for Secular Action (Cnal), which brings together teacher unions and parent-teacher associations, highlights serious abuses within many non-contract schools. By examining the inspection reports of 164 of these schools – out of some 1,800 existing in France –, […]

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The appointment of a Christian philosopher to take care of school programs is controversial

The controversy swells since the appointment, on February 4, of Mark Sherringham, at the head of the Higher Council of Programs (CSP), replacing Souâd Ayada, who has become director of the new French Institute of Islamology. → ANALYSIS. The State creates an institute to unite the efforts of universities in Islamology “Jean-Michel Blanquer cannot set […]

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In the wake of the assassination of Samuel Paty, firmer responses to attacks on secularism at school

A year ago, the teaching community was horrified to learn of Samuel Paty’s assassination. In the weeks that followed, Sébastien Ledoux, extending his research work, multiplied the interviews with teachers of priority education or professional high school. “Almost all of them expressed the need to feel more supported by their hierarchy, in terms of authority […]