The announcement comes as part of Macron’s plan to combat “Islamic separatism” and to “free Islam in France from foreign influences.” However, some point out that the measure undermines the freedoms and rights of Christian parents.
Newsroom (October 6, 2020 9:10 pm Gaudium Press) — Emmanuel Macron, French president, has announced that from 2021, homeschooling will be banned unless minors have a medical exemption that forces them to stay away from schools.
The reason? The announcement comes as part of Macron’s plan to combat “Islamic separatism” and to “free Islam in France from foreign influences.” “The goal of training and promoting in France a generation of Imams and intellectuals who defend an Islam fully compatible with the values of the Republic is a necessity,” Macron told an audience in Les Mureaux, Paris.
The State, master of the conscience of children?
However, some point out that the measure undermines the freedoms and rights of Christian parents. “The school is the Republican melting pot. “It’s what makes it possible for us to protect our children from any sign of religion, from religion,” Macron said.
Supposedly the exclusion of education at home, as a possibility in France, would allow children so educated, to access education to citizenship, to French culture and history, to the experience of otherness that is at the heart of the Republican school.
This justifies, in the President’s mind, to make school training compulsory from the age of 3 to 16 starting the next school year. Parents who choose to educate their own children in France must register annually and submit to annual inspections.
“It is truly the heart of the space of secularism, and it is this place where we form consciences so that children become free, rational citizens, able to choose their own lives. The school is therefore our collective treasure. It is what allows us in our society to build this common thing that is the Republic,” said Macron.
Forming consciences so that children are free, could be interpreted as a threat to the right of parents to educate their children in their own convictions. In the words of the French President, he aims to “protect children from religion,” and that includes Christianity.
Macron said he has discussed the issue with ministers of the various cults, but did not indicate the tenor of those talks.
With information from The Caldron Pool