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L'college of the Republic is in peril, inside and out of doors. There is “endemic violence”, in line with the report by senators François-Noël Buffet and Laurent Lafon, in each major and secondary faculties.

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On the bottom, our black hussars, instructing employees and administrative and administration employees, face verbal and bodily assaults, stress and threats which, for essentially the most half, come from college students and oldsters beneath Islamist affect. Social networks are the devastating relay of rumors and slander.

READ ALSO Threats of assaults in opposition to faculties: “We pick up what we didn’t want to see” Since February 28, 2024, the affair of the Ravel highschool and its principal – who has determined to take depart till his retirement which he’s taking this yr – has alerted us. This depart of absence for safety causes, each with regard to his particular person and his institution, is insupportable. This principal was solely doing his job by asking a highschool pupil to take away her veil on the entrance to the institution, as stipulated within the legislation of March 15, 2004 on conspicuous spiritual symbols.

Following this, the social media cycle started. Have we not realized classes from the assassinations by Islamist terrorists of professors Samuel Paty and Dominique Bernard? This scenario is worrying relating to secularism and its implementation in major and secondary training. This requires some reflections and a few proposals.

Tolerance or submission?

If the State's response was lastly exemplary relating to the Ravel affair, since a criticism for slanderous denunciation was filed in opposition to the younger woman who overwhelmed the principal of the Ravel highschool with false allegations, the very fact stays that he needed to take early depart.

That the Rectorate of Paris invokes “personal convenience” doesn’t persuade us in any manner and sends a really unhealthy sign from the academic establishment to the instructing and administrative employees in addition to to the scholars and their dad and mom. Is the authority of state officers value lower than the insupportable and devastating rumors circulating on social networks on the instigation of this younger woman?

We can solely be aware, from the varied surveys carried out on this topic, that assaults on secularism are on the rise within the Republic's faculties. We can solely be alarmed by the shortage of preliminary and persevering with coaching for academics relating to the values ​​and rules of the Republic, the indifference and even hostility of some, their manner of defining secularism, too typically confused with tolerance: secularism adjectivized, secularism sacrificed on the altar of anti-republican ideological convictions.

A restoration is critical

Which college is that this that welcomes employees who’re incapable of transmitting the tradition of republican citizenship to our youngsters? Is it then shocking that college students are so divided relating to secularism?

We are asking the Minister of National Education for a fast and proactive takeover of the coaching of all employees. We ask for fixed firmness relating to respect for the legislation of March 15, 2004 in addition to that of August 24, 2021. This implies pedagogy geared toward all servants of the State, a non-negotiable pedagogy within the face of enemies of the Republic, the Islamists and their helpful idiots who fill the ranks of sure radicalized unions.

READ ALSO Lycée Maurice-Ravel: the varsity, a secular sanctuary, is beneath siegeIf many academics are at greatest timid and at worst reticent relating to the rules and values ​​of the Republic, is it not additionally, allow us to acknowledge it, as a result of concern has taken priority over the imperious train of speech of authority? The concern which is contagious within the instructing of just about all topics, the concern which isolates the trainer, the concern which creates a sense of abandonment on the a part of the hierarchy?

“Obscurantist faith”

We hope that purposeful safety will probably be improved by making it automated and inside deadlines that take into consideration the urgency of every particular person's scenario, confronted with an assault on secularism and the threats weighing on them. No agent, whether or not instructing, administrative or administration, should turn into with impunity a goal of the Islamists of the fatwa that they launched on our faculty. No sort of fundamentalism ought to dictate its obscurantist and misguided religion within the legislation of the Republic.

It is pressing to revive the authority of the varsity as an establishment within the face of the assaults of Islamism in opposition to our republican mannequin. The Islamists' agenda is long-term, that of emancipation is written within the current: academics have fallen in fight, administration employees dwell beneath menace, we can not wait. The Republic obliges us, our youth is the subsequent technology: we have now an obligation to transmit it in order that the School as an establishment accomplishes its work of emancipation of minds. Our dedicated servants of the State, who don’t depend their hours, demand unfailing assist from all of us. It is excessive time to place phrases into motion. Let’s act!

*Valerie Soria is an affiliate professor of philosophy and a member of Unité Laïque.