More than 240 university professors strongly criticized the school reform promoted by the Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville, and asked the Legault government to reverse course.
The signatories – who claim to represent almost half of the teaching staff in education – addressed the Prime Minister, François Legault, in an open letter to warn him against the “damaging effects” of the Bill 23, which represents “one of the most important reforms. in education since the Parent report,” they wrote.
These professors are sad that the government only keeps the point of view of some researchers who share a similar position “far from representing different points of view and knowledge in educational sciences” and includes “addicts to the scientific rigor expected of researchers. .
“We consider that this situation involves a serious democratic deficit,” they added.
The authors want to warn against the “simplicity” of the solutions proposed in the “stem complex and diverse problems” of the educational network. “The result of the current approach is likely, in the end, to create more problems than it solves,” we read.
Bill 23 specifically provides for the creation of the National Institute of Excellence in Education (INEE). This organization will “bring together the best teaching methods in one place” to “help teachers become more efficient,” Minister Drainville has already explained.
Its defenders see it as a way to improve student achievement by allowing teachers to base themselves on best practices recognized by science, a vision that, however, far from united in educational skills.
This release coincides with the launch on Monday of a “scalable and open digital” work titled PL 23 and INEE: excellence or standardization in education? brings together about fifty authors mainly from academia.