The Protestant League of France challenges presidential candidates on education

Each week leading up to the presidential election, the French Protestant Federation (FPF) dedicates a new theme to the candidates in its “Protestantism Address”. This week, she challenges them about the resources they intend to use to enable the school to fully fulfill its mission.

The French Protestant Federation (FPF) published on Monday January 31st an “Address of Protestantism” to the presidential candidates, which it hopes will provide answers to “enlighten” everyone’s voices.

In ten themes and ten questions, the Protestants want to “highlight the key issues that concern them and to which they have committed themselves”.

Experts, those responsible in the church or in social actions therefore put their question to the candidates on one of these topics every week.

This week it is Marion Muller-Collard, philosophy professor, theologian, member of the National Consultative Committee on Ethics (CCNE) and member of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE), who is questioning her about parenting.

Recalling that Protestantism, which is “the result of a sovereignty conquered by the critical spirit”, “is essentially concerned with giving everyone access to his own sovereignty”, Marion Muller-Collard emphasizes the fact that this “The ultimate goal of all should be education”.

She then defines school as “a good that everyone must have access to, but also a place based on what we have in common: the thirst for learning, the joy of thinking, the need to distinguish”.

She also considers education “as a political priority” to be essential, since “on the means that are made available to it depends the appetite of an entire generation to engage in an increasingly complex world in which knowledge and ability are to be distinguished more than ever indispensable compasses”.

The theologian therefore calls on politicians to “give the school the human, material and financial resources so that it can do justice to its vocation”, “to achieve class sizes that make it possible to respect the uniqueness of each student and to provide individual support support financially”. “upgrading the teaching professions” and finally “developing the vision of the school with the actors in practice”.

Here is the question she asks the candidates:

  • What resources do you intend to give schools to fulfill their mission to be a place of community, while breaking free from their tendency to standardize and providing young people with relevant education to navigate a complex world?

Camille Westphal Perrier

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