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ERIC Number: EJ1148108
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-1618-5293
Commentary: "'Mobilising for the Values of the Republic'--France's Education Policy Response to the 'Fragmented Society': A Commented Press Review"
Proeschel, Claude
Journal of Social Science Education, v16 n2 p63-65 Sum 2017
The article by Matthias Busch and Nancy Morys "'Mobilising for the Values of the Republic'--France's Education Policy Response to the 'Fragmented Society': A Commented Press Review" is dedicated to the recent debates on moral education in France. The debates have centred on the proposed reforms, called "the great mobilisation of schools for the values of the Republic", which the Minister of Education Najat Vallaud Belkcacem announced shortly after the attacks of January 2015. The reforms include the creation of a new subject area in the primary and secondary curriculum: moral and civic education (l'Education morale et civique-EMC). After the tragic events of 2015, which gave a new precedence to the ambition to "share the values of the Republic", renewing the civic dimension of schooling was included in a European initiative of the Council of Europe developed at the end of the 1990s (Eurydice, 2005). It led to the definition of "key competencies for the teaching of democratic citizenship" (Audigier, 2000) and to the promotion of pedagogical approaches focused on student activities. The study by Busch and Morys is based on a review of official texts, including educational policy documents, scientific and journalistic articles, interviews, statements of teachers and experts. This methodological approach considers a variety of arguments in the debate and highlights the key points which relate more broadly to the role of secular schools in the ideology of the French Republic on social integration. The purpose of this article is to provide a non-exhaustive historical perspective with the aim of better understanding the significance of these very topical issues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France
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