The Protestant Federation of France challenges the presidential candidates on education

Every week until the presidential election, the Protestant Federation of France (FPF) addresses a new theme in its "address of Protestantism" for the candidates. This week, she challenges them on the means they intend to put in place so that the school can fully fulfill its mission. 

The Protestant Federation of France (FPF) published Monday, January 31 an “address of Protestantism” to presidential candidates, from which she hopes for answers to “enlighten” everyone’s vote.

In ten themes and ten questions, the Protestants intend to emphasize “the main subjects which concern them and on which they themselves are committed”.

Experts, people in charge in the church or within social actions, thus each week state their question to the candidates on one of these themes.

This week it is the professor of philosophy, theologian, member of the National Consultative Ethics Committee (CCNE) and member of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE) Marion Muller-Colard who questions them about the education.

Recalling that Protestantism, being "resulting from a sovereignty conquered by the critical spirit", is "in its essence attentive to allowing everyone to access their own sovereignty", Marion Muller-Colard highlights the fact that this should "be the ultimate goal of all education".

She then defines the school as “a good to which everyone must have access, but also a place based on what is common to us: the thirst for learning, the joy of thinking, the need to discern”.

She also considers that education is essential "as a political priority" since "on the means that will be given to it depends the appetite of an entire generation for commitment in a world that is constantly becoming more complex, and in which knowledge and the ability to discern are more than ever essential compasses”. 

The theologian therefore calls on politicians to "give the school the human, material and financial resources to enable it to honor its vocation", to "achieve class sizes that allow respect for the uniqueness of each student and to promote a individualized support", to "revalue the teaching professions" and finally to "develop the vision of the school with the actors in the field".

Here is the question she asks the candidates:

  • What resources do you intend to give schools so that they can carry out their mission of being a place of commonality, while freeing themselves from their tendency towards standardization, and offering young people relevant training to guide in a complex world? 

Camille Westphal Perrier 

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