Online Course There Is a Certain Drop in Absenteeism


It is a Copernican revolution that has been requested for two months from the National Education. The almost 62,000 secondary schools with 12,393,000 pupils have closed. They were forced to organize distance education. Not all private and public schools have passed the obstacle with the same success. Some have turned parents into educational assistants, repeaters, or even full-time teachers, while others have responded to the challenge. Some schools, colleges, or high schools – a minority to be fair – just send handouts and exercises to do at home.

Others follow the students day after day through online platforms. Taking into account the spring holidays, it’s been at least a month that young and old are separated. And converse by interposed screens or exchange exams, corrections, and ultimately notes. The disparities are great: according to the establishments, according to the quality of the teachers, according to the rate of equipment in the computer equipment of the pupils, according to the atmosphere which reigns at home at the time when one connects, according to the goodwill of each other, etc.

In Paris, the International Bilingual School very early felt that confinement would prevent students from going to class. Jean-Pierre Davis, head of the college, prepared his teaching teams for this temporary removal. Teachers continue to teach their students through the Zoom platform. The parents are delighted.

“About ten days before the President of the Republic’s speech on confinement, we received an email from the school informing us that the teachers were going to undergo training to be able to ensure the educational continuity of children in a videoconference, says the mother of a 5th-grade student. So that on the first day of confinement, the children were ready to go to school, 7 hours a day, as if almost nothing had changed.

I was struck to see that most of my friends spent their confinement trying to replace the teachers who were content to send handouts to do at home … How do you want, in this context, that the parents be able to devote themselves to teleworking? That some schools were not reactive at the very start of containment is understandable. But at the end of April, some schools still haven’t found alternative methods, that seem incomprehensible to me! »She gets carried away.

Jean-Pierre Davasse today draws the first lessons from this distance school. At the EIB, no dropouts or desertions. Feedback from students, parents, and teachers has been overwhelmingly positive. However, it should be noted that this is a private establishment welcoming rather privileged children. A (good) example that should be a school…

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