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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Octobre - National Education: Case of black paintings, the absurdity strikes Gaillac (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:33:18 +0200

Because they refuse to scrap their work tools, six teachers have the rector, gendarmerie and justice on their backs. Kafkaesque. ---- What do we have at the outset ? Teachers who want to keep a daily work tool: their blackboard. It is functional, in good condition, adapted to their pedagogy. ---- What's going on ? Renovation work at Albert-Camus College, Gaillac. The county council of the Tarn wants to renew also the material of the classes: tables, chairs ... and paintings. He consulted, not to adapt the layout to the practices of one and the other, but to impose on everybody one and the same tool: all the pictures would be white ! When the majority says white, it's white ! ---- What becomes of the pedagogical diversity, which enriches the paths of the citizens in the making ? What about this mess of disposing of functional equipment, still in use ? Does the waste reduction stop at the door of the civic education classroom ?

Well, no, in a conscious citizen and professional, a group of teachers and parents of pupils mobilizes. On June 28, after soliciting for months, in vain, that the department and their head of establishment acknowledge receipt of their request, they put the blackboards in their vehicle to preserve them of the waste, shelter for the summer, and relocate them to the re-entry.

The thing happens in broad daylight, in the presence of the head of the school. This is where the Kafkaesque machine begins: the arrival of the gendarmes, with bullet-proof vests and flashing lights, arrest, hearing, search of the house and, on top of the administrative money, disciplinary proceedings for six professors. Parents of pupils are spared, on them, the hierarchy has no power yet !

Stiffnesses in school hierarchy

Here we are, therefore, with a real " business of black paintings ." Unfortunately, it reveals the stiffness of the school hierarchy, its violence to break the initiative of its personnel.

A petition on Change.org, " Support Blackboards and Professors at Albert-Camus de Gaillac College " has over 10,000 signatures, and a support committee is in place. Media coverage has a national echo. Actions are planned. It took two weeks of intense mobilization so that, on September 18, the president suspended all administrative proceedings against the professors. Remains the main complaint and the criminal procedure. The affair of the black paintings continues, teachers, parents, citizens and citizens remain mobilized for a school of emancipation.

Laurent (SUD-Educ 81)


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