Education: what leads to duplication of classes?

After visiting the Richhom school in the popular Goutte d’Or in Paris (18th century) in November, Jean-Michel Blanquer returned ecstatic. “The students there reach the same level as the students of the 7th district” in beautiful areas. This is confirmed: an institution in the Reinforced Priority Education Network (REP+) has benefited from duplication of classes in a large part of kindergarten, CP and CE1 in disadvantaged areas.

“Duplication,” explains the Minister of National Education, “is the driving force behind all my actions in this ministry.” A symbolic measure of social justice to fulfill Emmanuel Macron’s promise to end France’s sad track record of educational inequality, fight house arrest, promote “emancipation”, commit to “poor children will not be poor tomorrow”.

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In fact, all international studies prescribe to put the package on small classes, showing that it is at an early age that difficulties are settled. Launched at the beginning of the 2017 school year, these programs now reach 380,000 students (20% of the age group) in 1,050 REP and REP+ schools, with an additional 10,800 teachers.

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