October 27, 2021

Reform of school rhythms: the point after a month and a half of application

Very controversial measure, the return to the week to 4.5 days is applied in some 4000 French municipalities since September. A month and a half after the start of the school year and its application, the reform School rhythms settle gently and sometimes painfully in institutions. This Friday, the school children will be able to blow with the two weeks of holidays of All Saints. The time to establish an initial assessment of this measure led by Vincent Peillon.
According to a survey published in early October for Le Parisien / Today-in-France / I-Télé-CQFD, 53% of French people are opposed to the reform, more than one in two. However, in 2014, the some 37,000 French cities will all have to bend. What are the problematic elements?
Fatigue, organization, cost ...
The children must put the alarm clock one more day in the week, most of the time on Wednesday morning. Some parents feel that they are just as tired, if not more, with this new pace, while reform One of the aims is to refocus students' concentration and energy.
Secondly, the lack of resources used is very often deplored. Activities are not always up to the challenge of measurement and disparities are widening between cities since it is the town halls that finance. As a result, many municipalities feel they can not be ready for next school year. In Crillon in Oise, the parents were also right of the town hall and schoolchildren returned to a week of 4 days after only two weeks of application.
A reform, yes, but how?
Yet, in reality, thinking about reshaping school rhythms is an idea supported by the faculty. Experts in chronobiology have pointed out the problems of concentration of children after a busy day and the professors confirm their conclusions from their experience. With 24 hours of weekly classes, French schoolchildren are the busiest in Europe, while their foreign neighbors work 5 or even 6 full days in the week.
But the lack of facilitators, the disparities according to the municipalities, the problems of transport and care between class and activity scare those who stayed at the old planning. Many deplore the speed of execution of this maneuver for a site of this magnitude. If Bertrand Delanoë, who has implemented significant resources in Paris to ensure the best transition, praised "the best return we had in ten years", Vincent Peillon will have to find other support to carry out his project.


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