Former Prime Minister Édouard Philippe outlined his vision of the school, which he described as the "most important and urgent" project, during a public meeting in Bordeaux on Friday, June 9.
We will not obtain any lasting results, on any of the serious subjects that we will have to address, if we have not succeeded first in building a school of the twenty-first century that works as it should function, "assured Edouard Philippe in front of two hundred activists gathered in the Gironde capital.
"Trust and give the means"
To "build" this "school of the twenty-first century", Edouard Philippe advocated "a shared effort" between communities and the State to "find the right solutions" for primary school - kindergarten and elementary. The mayor of Le Havre defended the idea of "trusting and giving the means to those who make the school live", asking that schools be "much more autonomous" in order to "find locally the most suitable solutions". "We must be directive in the acquisition of French and in the acquisition of basic knowledge," he said.
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Finally, the president of the Horizons party raised the question of "a reorganization of rhythms over the year", questioning in particular the summer break, to respond to what he considers to be the most "abominable" characteristic of the French education system: the reproduction of inequalities. "If we say that the education system is essentially about the education of children and not necessarily, neither the comfort of teachers, nor the comfort of parents, then we will have to accept the idea of asking ourselves questions that annoy but are at the heart of the problems," he said. Édouard Philippe announced that he will unveil "at the beginning of September" his detailed vision in terms of education.