For Jean-Michel Blanquer, the boarding school meets a “strong social challenge”. To make it more attractive, the minister wants to develop educational projects around sport and culture. Upon his return conference , August 29, Jean-Michel Blanquer reaffirmed its desire to create a “School of confidence”, including “revitalizing” boarding.
For the Minister of Education , these schools’ extracurricular reduce inequality factors (social environment and family situation) that may influence the trajectory of the students “(allowing ” to escape the social determinism ” ) , and are also a means of “restoring vitality to the territories that welcome them”.
40,000 places in vacant boarding schools
“Social issues are crucial,” says Jean-Michel Blanquer, because extra-curricular factors such as sleep, food or neighborhood life are likely to “weigh on the students’ trajectory, sometimes decisively”. But how does he intend to proceed?.
According to the entourage of Jean-Michel Blanquer , who confided in 20 Minutes , these projects could resemble that of the boarding school of Marciac , which “created a dynamics around the music” by proposing to the college students 5h d ‘ initiation to jazz per week.According to the ministry, 20% of the boarding places are vacant today in the colleges and the lycées, especially in the rural territories. In order to make these places more attractive to students (especially those in big cities and working-class districts), the minister wants to develop educational projects around sport and culture, especially in rural areas, in the autumn of 2018.
A “boarding-school, no hotel, no prison”
“A boarding-school is neither a hotel nor a prison. It must be a free boarding school, which offers both a framework and an openness to culture to sport, nature and opportunities that do not always exist in disadvantaged areas, ” says Jean-Michel Blanquer in Europe 1 .
In any case, the minister does not seem to want to revive the “boarding schools of excellence” , developed by Luc Chatel (then Dgesco) in 2009, which later became “boarding schools for success ” deserving “people from disadvantaged backgrounds. “Through this system, institutions located in priority education were deprived of their good students, which was highly questionable. And the budget of these boarding schools was enormous given the results obtained.