“The early retirement of the principal of the Maurice-Ravel high school constitutes a defeat for the Republic” | EUROtoday

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VTwenty years after the regulation of March 15, 2004 governing, in utility of the precept of secularism, the carrying of indicators or outfits demonstrating non secular affiliation in public faculties, center faculties and excessive faculties, the early retirement of the highschool principal Maurice-Ravel, in Paris, following dying threats made on social networks after he had enforced this similar regulation, constitutes a formidable regression, however above all a defeat for the Republic and its constitutional precept of secularism within the face of obscurantism, sectarianism and a type of non secular fundamentalism.

However, the 2004 regulation is especially clear and specific: “In public schools, colleges and high schools, the wearing of signs or outfits by which students ostensibly demonstrate religious affiliation is prohibited. »

It is clear that this law is regularly the subject of destabilization attempts aimed at weakening our school as a place of emancipation, freedom of conscience and religious neutrality – which is not the neutrality of values, since, as wrote Jean Jaurès (1859-1914) in 1908, “only nothingness is neutral”.

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Threatening dying on social networks to a head of firm who fulfills his obligation by imposing the legal guidelines of the Republic isn’t solely damaging the establishment, but additionally displaying a complete incomprehension of one of many important missions of faculty: the acquisition of citizenship aimed particularly at sharing and bringing to life the republican values ​​of liberty, equality and fraternity.

Students and fogeys

This incomprehension doesn’t solely concern college students, but additionally, and sadly, mother and father: research and discipline surveys present a rising contestation of the content material of instructing, instructing strategies or inside laws, that are typically accompanied by deviations starting from even threats and intimidation – when it isn’t the assassination of academics, the peak of the horror.

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This scenario should finish. Beyond the safety brigades [une « force de sécurité mobile scolaire »] introduced by the Minister of National Education, which won’t be sufficient, it’s as much as the State to higher defend not solely the general public welcomed inside institutions, but additionally the academic groups who, each day, educate our college students and supply implement republican values ​​in typically very tough circumstances, with out at all times being educated, imbued, and even satisfied of the academic and social points that these founding values ​​of our republican pact represent.

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