Under the pretext of “putting an end to negligence”, M. Le Pen’s program envisages a complete overhaul of the school, the college and the high school, the teaching profession, but also the programs and manuals. It is the great upheaval that is announced. With a genuine thirst for revenge, because education is the institution most affected by “wokism” and ideology in the eyes of his campaign team. Their educational programme, presented in a brochure and presented by their campaign team, leaves the school far behind in student selection. It would greatly exacerbate inequalities by imposing a sorting of students from the 5th onwards. The criminalization of school rules and the ideological surveillance of teachers by inspectors would lead to generalized violence in schools. The school M. Le Pen dreams of is one of discrimination and oppression.
Abolition of priority education
Perhaps the most important measure is the abolition of primary education. This is important enough for M Le Pen to consider constitutional reform to ban priority education. It is accused of creating “discrimination” between students by directing more resources to neighborhoods where the greatest trouble is concentrated. Priority education now accounts for 20% of students. JM Blanquer has begun to address this by creating local contracts that could result in Reps being removed. M Le Pen’s argument is the same as JM Blanquer’s: more resources must be given to the rural population, who may be considered “white”, even if sociological studies show that the rural population is neither socially nor academically successful disadvantaged (and even less so in terms of resources).
As such, a duplication would be checked. All classes would be capped at 20 students in primary and 30 in secondary. The places in GS, CP and CE1 to 12 in the focus on education would therefore be awarded elsewhere. This measure would benefit the private sector in particular. There is an average of 21 students per class in public elementary schools and 25 students in private contract schools. In the college there is an average of 25 students in the public sector and 27 in the private sector. In high school it’s 28 and 27. So the bar of 30 in the sophomore would worsen the situation in college, where students need more mentoring. It would make things better in some high schools, but to the detriment of others. In any case, this reform would not require additional resources. Also, M Le Pen’s campaign team does not quantify the number of posts needed. We will see later that the implemented reforms will in fact destroy jobs.
5 additional lessons at school
The primary school is completely reorganized. M Le Pen announces an extension of the training period. His team estimates that adding one hour of class per day or 5 hours per week is necessary. “We have to focus primary school teaching on 3 subjects,” says his campaign team: French, mathematics and history. We know that the French school is already that European Champion basics. They would take up almost the entire school time. The other teachings and the “education for” seen very badly by M. Le Pen would disappear. “We need to put an end to all these pedagogical experiments that get students to act,” explains the campaign team. For example everything that is interdisciplinary.
Instructions for students from the 5th grade
The College also needs to be reorganized. First of all, there needs to be more orientation with a call to companies to get involved. In particular, the selection must start from the 5th. “Students should not be forced to go to 9th grade,” explains his campaign team. She will also later tell us “that there are too many people in the high school”. From the 5th year, the administration guides the students towards learning and the professional path. This is a source of significant job losses that the campaign team is not quantifying. Of course it’s the end of singles college.
“There are too many people in high school”
At the end of the course, the patent ax falls. The patent would be a “heavily re-evaluated” exam that would set the tone. Depending on his place in the patent’s findings, students would or would not go to high school. The patent would decide whether they would be sent to an apprenticeship, a career, or this or that area of high school, since those areas would be restored there. This permanent skimming from the 5th makes it possible to free up positions. As a result, M Le Pen promises a reassessed high school diploma without sacrificing the pass rate: only the fittest get access to the senior year. The others are eliminated long before that.
The systems that practice this continuous filtering at the expense of the common core reinforce social inequalities. They are children from disadvantaged backgrounds who need more time to build up their level. By abolishing priority education and erecting a barrier in 5th and then 3rd, M Le Pen would restore the education that existed before the 1930s, with a path for the bourgeoisie, that of high school, that of the college was expanded, and an extended elementary school up to the 5th for the children of the people.
Reassessment based on merit
This policy would result in a significant reduction in teaching resources. When there are fewer students in colleges and high schools, we are bound to need fewer sophomore teachers. In the first course, the duty of the teachers increases by 5 hours per week.
All of this enables the “upgrading” promised by M Le Pen. It promises a salary increase of 3% per year for 5 years. However, this upgrading would primarily affect the beginning of a career. And it will be performance based. Teachers who do better are better paid, says his campaign team. For example, teachers who oversee trips abroad or headmasters are upgraded. It is possible that at school the 3% wage increase is linked to the 5 hours before students are added to the weekly working time. We don’t have any details on that.
A greatly reduced budget
The budget figures for the announced measures remain unclear. But the drop in enrollment in schools, colleges and high schools should create enough vacancies. M Le Pen also plans to cut administrative posts and teachers “who do not come before the students”. This last measure is aimed at unions, which have 2,390 redundancies (up from 2,500 in 2019). The abolition of administrative posts is presented as a wonderful panacea. But actually, out of the 320,000 non-teachers working for the national education system, 180,000 AED (supervisors), 20,000 managerial positions and 80,000 administrative employees who are not useless: guidance psychologists, secretaries and facility managers, etc. Is it to remove the 125,000 AESH? Or, in the name of the meritocracy, to demand that teachers replace their superiors?
Criminalization of guilt crimes
The educational reform proposed by M. Le Pen, as we have seen, is very violent socially. It will also introduce unprecedented levels of violence into schools and institutions. M Le Pen will pass a law against Islamism that will have a scholastic component. It announces “an automatic report to the public prosecutor’s office and an automatic suppression of Islamist activities” with the adoption of fines. Girls accompanying school field trips can no longer wear the veil, eliminating those field trips where they are most needed and creating resentment towards the school. The school rules are legalized and the facts relating to the school rules are sent to the courts. However, we have seen the damage of this system in other countries like the United States.
witch hunt of teachers
But M Le Pen doesn’t want to stop there. His party is talking about restoring teachers’ authority. He forgets to mention the authority over the teachers. However, the program promises us a great witch hunt. Le Pen wants “the strengthening of the requirement of absolute neutrality of faculty members in political, ideological and religious matters”. It therefore announces “the increase in the control powers of the control bodies in the matter and the obligation to report problematic cases under threat of sanctions against the supervisory authorities”. A thought police would descend on the teachers to sort them out and align the teachers with the new order established by the party.
His campaign team announces the end of INSPEs, which would be replaced by on-the-job training from deserving peers. But not only because they are nests of “educators”. Not just to save money. Because “the dominant ideology there is not compatible with the neutrality of the teachers,” explains the campaign team. “You have to fight against that.” Le Pen will also review curricula and textbooks. “The programs are ideologically influenced in history, geography, languages, French,” says the campaign team. “We criticize one country and not another,” she notes. We don’t know if it’s Russia. “In the history shows we feel wokism, permanent regret. We teach decolonization,” plague the campaign team.
We are using it to measure the social, ethical and professional upheaval that would hit the school if Mr Le Pen won the presidential elections. M Le Pen’s program marks the death of the Republic School and the end of the careers of thousands of teachers.
The school program