We read “The School of Reconciliation” by Jérémie Fontanieu

A recruitment crisis, declining student standards, the controversial republican model… The new academic year reports a national education in pain, suffocated by a lack of teacher discretion and mired in social inequality. In this dull climate, some positive notes emerge. Anyway, that’s Jeremy Fontanieu’s bet. Going against the grain, this Professor of Economics and Social Sciences (SES) points out again Reunification School* The success of the project he has implemented since 2012 at his high school in Drancy to bring his students back to work. And pierce as much as possible, the wall of inequality that this region suffers from.

The book sets out to describe its recipe – already widely circulated – that has led to 100% of its students graduating since 2018. In the program: Strictness is imposed on teenagers from the beginning of the year to restore taste effort », weekly questions in the form of multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and above all, constant conversations with the family. Because for the teacher, who went through the sciences po lil, engaging with parents, who are often unfamiliar with national education in working-class neighborhoods, is critical to student investment.

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a” co-education Implemented by Jérémie Fontanieu by regular SMS (among other things) that families inform their children of results, cracking down or congratulating them according to the situation. And conversely, inform the teacher of any personal concerns. A priority is not clear as teachers testify that their teaching is a matter of controversy or that the number of inappropriate requests from families is increasing. But according to Jérémie Fontanieu, if the school takes the first step, parents, invested with new responsibilities, are happy to collaborate with the teacher.

The track is not a “miracle recipe”.

While some may find it suspicious – and self-centered – that a teacher tries to place so much emphasis on the success of his project, Jeremy Fontaneau takes care to specify that he must not be considered one after all. Miracle recipe ” Tracks, rather injunctions.

Beyond describing his methods, the book proves above all to be a poignant story of a young teacher’s trade education. We discover a colleague, experimenting, gradually correcting his attitude in class and with his colleagues. As an applied alchemist, the didactic cocktail was adapted to advance his personality and his students.

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It is clearly not a list supported by national educational difficulties or even questions of programs but an educational logbook, filled with anecdotes, propositions and trajectories of students who suggest, beyond all educational considerations, that effort always pays off. . Original, with confidence.

*Jeremy Fontaneau, School of Reconciliation. A professor of Drancy Links that are free, 230 p., 19 euros.

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