In school, success is played out in childhood

Less than two months before the presidential election, we hear little about school from the candidates. Right, left: Everyone recites their classics without much imagination, and no proposal breaks the sound barrier. However, education, the first state budget, the foundation of the nation, is a social issue at the forefront of the French. Because, they know, the school creates, from infancy, the future of their children, correcting or perpetuating the inequalities of fate.

10,000 French think the school is in decline

And they worry about the deterioration of the education system. In our survey of 10,000 French people conducted last summer with Harris Interactive*, nearly half of them believe that France is “in decline”, the main cause being “the lowering of students’ educational attainment”. For 62% of respondents, “investing more in education and training” is a priority, well above “increasing purchasing power” (54% of respondents) and “better controlling immigration” (53%).

A care that fits the challenge. Education plays a more central role than ever in educating the workers of tomorrow. “We have entered the knowledge economy and the education level of the largest number, not just the elites, is crucial if France is to maintain its position in global competition,” the president of Medef Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux analyzed at the summer university. of the employers’ movement, at the end of August.

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The school also has a mission, more sensitive than ever, to instruct enlightened citizens. “Research shows that the abstinence rate of French people aged 18 to 25 during elections is related to their French and math skills,” said Nathalie Mons, a sociologist specializing in education policy, in Télérama in 2017.

Broken education system

But France no longer knows – or badly – ​​how to educate its children. Proof of this is the latest delivery, in 2018, of the Pisa tests conducted every four years by the OECD in 79 countries among 15-year-old students since 2003: Jules Ferry’s home country, in constant decline, only achieves the average, at least past 20th grade. Behind Japan, Korea, Canada, Finland, Poland, United Kingdom, Germany.

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