secular associations denounce educational abuse in non-contract schools

Facade secularism, biased historical teachings, discrimination… A survey bringing together teacher unions and parent-teacher associations, released Wednesday, March 9, by the National Committee for Secular Action (Cnal) points to serious abuses in many non-contract schools.

By examining the inspection reports of 164 of these schools – out of some 1,800 existing in France – the Cnal denounces educational deficiencies, particularly in religious institutions.

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In particular, the Cnal points to a lack of transparency in the national education system vis-à-vis non-contractual schools. “The passing on of reports about Muslim, Jewish and Steiner-Waldorf institutions is met with rejectionregrets the channel. So despite our repeated requests and the positive delivery message from the Cada (Commission for Access to Administrative Documents, editor’s note), the lack of raw data prevents us from providing a full analysis. »

Target Catholic schools

The association promotes particularly conservative, traditionalist and even fundamentalist Catholic institutions, headed by the schools affiliated with the Confraternity of Saint Pius X. The Cnal denounces this “a major closure of institutions to the outside world and the maintenance of the students in a reactionary worldview”. Unmixedness, less vaccination protection than elsewhere, education through obedience, lack of group work or outdated manuals would characterize the schools of the Brotherhood.

Worse still, the content in certain disciplines is incomplete, sometimes even revisionist. In a facility in the Gironde, the association notes that “The role of Vichy in the extermination of the Jews is silenced, and (What) this genocide is not mentioned in the treatment of the Second World War”.

At another school “The geographic support carries a vision characterized by a representation of the world by human ‘races’ (blacks, whites, etc.), which poses a major problem for scholarly and potentially racist, or at least racial, misunderstandings.”.

“Confusion of History and Myths”

In general, Catholic institutions are chosen by the association. The inspection reports obtained show that the practice of sport, civic education or other subjects are often missing from the curricula. Cnal also notes discrimination between girls and boys and deep digital divides.

In addition to Catholic institutions, particular attention is paid to certain schools of the anthroposophical sect movement (Steiner-Waldorf). The list of reviews is long: “Practices that do not meet the requirements of the common basis”, “Rituals and Conditioning (WHO) seem to contradict the secular presentation of these schools”, “Rejection of Technology” or “Confusion Between Historical Facts and Myths” have been repeatedly reported by academic inspections.

Referral to the Court of Auditors

In order to take action against the observed abuses, the Cnal makes several recommendations. “The opening of a non-contractual establishment must move from a declaration system to a permit system, so that the authorities are not presented with a fait accompli”, asks the club. It also requires that the educational project be an integral part of any application to open a private school.

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“The Prefect must be able to order the closure of an establishment if the acquisition of the common base and values ​​of the Republic fails,” adds the club. Currently, authorities can only shut down a facility if security breaches are proven.

The association finally appealed to the Court of Auditors for clarification “about the amount of donations from non-contractual private educational institutions, in particular from recognized non-profit foundations”. A way of financing that the Cnal regards as illegal.

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