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!

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