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Homeschooling, an increasingly common alternative

Home schooling involves 25,000 children between the ages of 6 and 16, representing 0.3% of the 8.1 million children enrolled in school in France. Although this is a marginal phenomenon, the idea of educating your child at home is gaining ground, as more and more parents choose this option each year.

Is home school legal?

Educating your child outside the school system is perfectly legal and respects the principle of compulsory schooling instituted by Jules Ferry. It is not school that is compulsory, but education. The home school therefore complies with the legal obligations. The families who choose it simply have to inform the Mayor and the academic inspectorate every year.

Home schooling is two possible forms of education

Parents who choose this type of education have the opportunity to enrol their child in the CNED, the public distance learning organization, or in a private course recognized by the State: Legendre, Pi, EPC or Valin. The other solution is to choose the IEF (Instruction En Famille). In this case, the teaching is provided by the parents themselves or by any person they consider competent to do so. The State remains present by ensuring annual monitoring of the knowledge acquired by children.

  • 60% of children are enrolled in the CNED,
  • 30% are family educated,
  • 10% are taking a private correspondence course.

Why is there a growing interest in home school?

The number of families choosing this type of education is increasing every year. In 2005, 5,000 children were in home schooling; in 2014, there were 25,000, or 5 times more. Loss of teacher authority, organized heckling, increasingly difficult dialogue between parents and teachers, overcrowded classrooms, for many parents, the school seems increasingly unsuited to the changes in society. Disappointed, they severely consider this mass teaching to be too formatted and based solely on performance, to the detriment of the acquisition of real knowledge. In contrast, home schooling is a more individualized form of pedagogy, better respecting the child’s rhythm and leaving the choice of learning method to the child.

School at home, boosted by influencers

Interest in alternative forms of education is growing rapidly through digital tools. Bloggers and influencers highlight these other ways of learning and are emulating them. If you are interested in the subject, we strongly advise you to consult the blogs and Instagram accounts of some of these families with very different identities that we particularly like:

  • Little Grass Geniuses, parent teachers who have chosen this form of teaching for their children and spread ideas, advice and tools to study at home.
  • Ma Tribu En Vadrouille, a family of globetrotters who chose this solution for practical reasons.
  • I want to believe it, Marie, Lino’s mother, took over the IEF full-time because at school there was too much TV and not enough activity for her taste.
  • Milestory, Large family close to nature in part-time IEF. They maintain a site rich in information and files to download for the IEF. Everything to support the parent who wants to get started!
  • Objective IEF: It’s all in the title! This instagram account shares many activities to do on a daily basis and with the family.
    On her blog, this “IEFeuse” mother, as she says, shares free downloadable content.

Is learning at home effective?

As with any alternative phenomenon, sending your child to school at home does not fail to raise certain questions. Opponents highlight the socialization problems that this can induce in children. Going to school is about acquiring knowledge, but it is also about learning to live together. Some families very easily find solutions to overcome these shortcomings by creating new moments of socialization in their children. For example, they use a babysitter more often. The babysitter can babysit several children at a time, allowing children to meet girls and boys their own age. Babysitters in Lille can easily be found on the Bsit application.

The lack of parental training in teaching is also pointed out. Being a teacher is something you learn and, a priori, parents do not have these skills. To each his own judgment on this subject!

We develop partnerships with professionals from the world of education and take great pleasure in exchanging with educators regardless of their status!

Why choose homeschooling?

Me, homeschooling?

Me, when there’s school? Why do something that is planned by the society?

We will see it, this reasoning is false. We delegated what was ours. This did not create freedom for us, but dependence.

Sometimes you fall to the ground, so much evidence has disappeared. School is so far from the essential that we don’t know what to say anymore. ​

Why do you think it’s important to do school at home?

Here are the reasons given by a sample of 12,500 people:

  1. The level at school is insufficient (and the academy rectors agree with you, we will see)
  2. You’re looking for a different way of teaching
  3. You fear the new mandatory vaccination
  4. You think it’s not up to the school to educate your child, but to you alone
  5. You refuse compulsory school from the age of 3
  6. You notice a deviation from the law and sometimes find it “illegal”, illegitimate
  7. You refuse the new “sex education programs”, especially for toddlers
  8. There is a problem of violence at school
  9. Your child is being harassed
  10. There’s a problem with the method at school
  11. You want your child to flourish
  12. Your child is isolated by other children or has difficulty getting along with them
  13. Your child deserves to be what he wants to be
  14. You want a way of life that unites the whole family in a project
  15. Your child no longer wants to go to school
  16. Your child deserves attention
  17. Your child goes to school at home, he has no problems and it goes well.
  18. You do not agree with the programs or some programs (History too “official”, absence of logic in math, absence of grammar in French, misguided secularism, politics too displayed etc.)
  19. You fear bad behaviour and influences
  20. Your child is of a special constitution (health)
  21. You have a quality requirement
  22. You don’t want your child to become something “like everyone else”
  23. A material reason forces you to think about it (moving, transfer, unemployment, other)
  24. Private school is too expensive
  25. There is too much noise at school (According to a Belgian study published in 2011, the 85 decibel threshold is regularly crossed in the schoolyards)

But maybe for now you think that:

  1. You don’t have the time / you work, so it’s impossible
  2. A priori, you don’t really see yourself there or not at all, without going into detail
  3. You think you don’t have enough money
  4. You’re afraid the child will be isolated
  5. You think the law is preventing or limiting your ability to do so and you’re going to have to fight.
  6. The pressure from family and friends is too strong
  7. You are afraid of your abilities: you lack self-confidence, you fear not having the level, you fear a problem of authority, you have requirements or on the contrary you lack them…
  8. You’re afraid of the process.
  9. You don’t know what you’re going to do together, because of a relationship you consider fusional.