It was first the DEPP (Department of Evaluation, Foresight and Performance) of National Education to address the measurement in a document published in late 2021. It concludes “with disappointing results in terms of both student outcomes and teacher practice. The Senate also “took note” of the copy in a report submitted on February 23, 2022. The rating leaves little room for enthusiasm. The Senate refers to “hasty public policy with poorly supported implementation. »
Ratings: The gap is widening
From these assessments it can be seen that the reduction in enrollment had a (slight) impact on the CPs in Mathematics and French. On the other hand, no real increase in results in CE1. And disappointment: Evaluations conducted in 2020 show an emphasis on the gaps between REP and REP+ students and those outside the priority education area. However, according to candidate Macron, the aim of duplication was to reduce inequalities.
A goal that still frightens Rodrigo Arenas, FCPE representative five years later: “Jean-Michel Blanquer doesn’t understand anything about Bourdieu. He wants to reduce social inequalities through school, that’s not possible! We have to move away from the elite school that organizes the school war in preparation for the social war and towards a cooperative school that does not oppose cultural knowledge and technical and professional knowledge. For the student’s parents, the reduction in enrollment must “cover all levels from kindergarten to senior year, by promoting social diversity and by reviewing the content of the programs and what is being evaluated in the children”.
Assessments conducted in 2020 show a widening gap between REP and REP+ students and students outside the priority education area
The Senate is not so explicit, but suggests “developing new pedagogies” that integrate this decline. He is also concerned about the impact on the ‘edge of reform’ where the student will be herded from CE2 in REP into a class of 30 students when they have just completed three years with 12 students. The Senate report recommends supportive measures for this student suddenly subjected to another regime.
The Targeted Blanquer Method
If the doubling hasn’t borne the expected fruits, then it’s also a question of means, the unions hammer. “There was no significant increase in jobs at the level of national education. We have absorbed a large part of the first-degree positions at the expense of substitute staff,” emphasizes Samantha Fitte, Co-Secretary of the SNUipp-FSU 33. The Senate estimates the duplication and the capping at 24 students as large sections, CP and CE1 without REP and without REP+, required 19,300 jobs. 12,221 would be missing, and the reform will cost a whopping 500 million euros.
“And why go down to 12 students? We didn’t ask that much. A class group works best at 20,” Samantha Fitte continues. What is his union asking for? “Reduced number in all classes, with more posts and also outside the class, i.e. posts for school psychologists and subject teachers”. Among the teachers, as in the FCPE, we again question “the Blanquer method”, which seems to be unanimously opposed.