By Paul Molac - Member of the French National Assembly for Morbihan's 4th constituency
My colleagues from the majority, Christophe Euzet and Yannick Kerlogot, yesterday gave to the Prime Minister, in the presence of the Minister of National Education, their report on the teaching of regional languages.
Following the speech by the President of the Republic, I note with interest that the fate of the teaching of our languages in France is now on the table at the highest summit of the State. It is therefore now up to the executive to assume its responsibilities in this area and to legally secure immersive education.
My two colleagues recognize the very delicate situation in which we find ourselves following the decision of the Constitutional Council of 21 May. I am surprised, however, at the timidity of the proposals, which are far removed from what is necessary to ensure the legal security of the immersion teaching method. Only a constitutional revision procedure will make it possible to definitively secure the immersive teaching of our languages. I do not understand why this proposal is judged by the rapporteurs as “undesirable”.
In fact, more than 140 parliamentarians, including a very large majority of the opposition, have already joined in the letter that I sent to the President of the Republic asking for this revision procedure to be initiated. This proves that getting a majority between the Assembly and the Senate is possible. We proved it during the parliamentary discussion where it was the Senate that introduced the article concerning immersion. We still have six months of parliamentary work left, which is more than enough time to vote on a referendum law. It’s all about political will.
Also, upon reading the proposals, I am worried about potential setbacks in the pedagogy carried by immersive education networks including Diwan. In particular the proposal to change pedagogy in order to cut back on teaching in the regional language in kindergarten. This would be a regression compared to a 50-year-old pedagogy, which has proven itself, with regard to the mastery of the French language as well as the regional language. I do not believe either in the relevance of a committee named “National Council for the teaching of regional languages” directed from the senior administration of the Ministry of National Education, where the public offices of regional languages already work in synergy. with the regions and the State. This kind of committee has already existed and has had no effect.
We can expect that the Prime Minister, when he meets the associations concerned as he had promised, will hear their concerns in person, which should not be diminished with the publication of this report.
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