“I couldn't stand spending my time yelling at the children to put their masks back on or to respect barrier gestures.
I felt like I was a torturer.
The verdict fell on March 23: Gilles Chambrette suffered a burnout due to generalized anxiety, according to his attending physician.
Two days later, this school teacher working in three establishments in Guyancourt (Yvelines) sends a letter to his hierarchy informing him of his resignation.
"I can no longer exercise my profession as I would like because I am no longer able to give children what they expect," he continues.
When I got home, I ran out of juice, I was away.
My wife and children no longer recognized me.
Today, I am smiling again and I feel free.
"The school has become a daycare"
In the current context of Covid-19, this passionate 40-year-old teacher preferred to throw in the towel.
In recent months, he couldn't keep up.
“Children at recess are more and more physically and verbally violent,” says Gilles Chambrette.
They are tired of going through all these sanitary measures.
As they hardly ever go out, they are in front of their screens a lot.
It's unofficial, but the school has become a daycare.
There is a form of resignation from colleagues, several of them told me that they would have liked to have my courage to resign.
What he denounces was already topical before the health crisis.
Since obtaining his teacher's examination in 2017, he has performed replacements throughout the Yvelines department before being established in Guyancourt.
His observation is the same everywhere he went.
First, he deplores the slowness of administrative procedures when it comes to helping a child in difficulty.
“I had met a middle school student, when I was an educator, who needed pedagogical support or to integrate a specialized structure.
Despite the goodwill of the teachers, the instruction times are far too long.
I found him in CE1 this year.
He does not have an AVS
(Editor's note: school life support)
, still cannot read or write and has speech problems.
Frantic pace, limited resources and lack of listening
The father also mentions the hectic pace of work.
“We do 8:20 am-5pm non-stop,” he continues.
Break times are meeting times because they are the only times when we can see colleagues, and in the evening it continues on WhatsApp groups.
We're on duty all the time, it's exhausting!
He mentions the lack of resources to prepare for his lessons.
“If I need a book, I'll pay for it myself.
The lack of listening of the hierarchy also.
“When we go on strike as for the reform of schools, there is no return.
What irritates him above all is "the infantilization of teachers by academic inspection".
To illustrate his point, Gilles Chambrette returns to his contamination with Covid-19, a few months earlier.
“I was told that only the inspection was competent to say who would be in contact or not… While I know very well who I was able to contaminate among my colleagues.
The regional health agency also because it had asked me questions.
The death of Samuel Paty tested the spirits
Generally speaking, the lack of communication and the "contempt" he sometimes felt got the better of his love for the transmission of knowledge.
As after the death of Samuel Paty, professor assassinated in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines) on October 16.
“We already learned everything from the media, is that correct?
Then we had to organize a welcome time for the return of the students to class, but we could not do so.
We were given the hot potato
and we had to make do with that!
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And to conclude about Samuel Paty, like the health crisis: “We talk about a school of trust but we do not trust us.
We are the last links in the chain when we should be the first to know when it comes to dealing with serious situations.