How to welcome the students after the All Saints holidays and talk to them about the Conflans attack? Next Monday will be a moment of emotion and reflection in schools to pay tribute to Professor Samuel Paty, beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. The Minister of Education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, confirmed Thursday on France 2 that the tribute to be paid Monday to Samuel Paty in all schools will be maintained, despite the return of the country under confinement because of the second wave of Covid-19.
This start of the school year will be postponed to 10 a.m., to allow teachers to prepare. Then a “pedagogical sequence” will be organized in the classes, before the reading of “the letter to the teachers” by Jean Jaurès and a minute of silence. Knowing that each teacher will be free to speak about the tragedy, to approach again the theme of freedom of expression or secularism.
You are a teacher, explain to us how the morning of November 2 will unfold in your establishment? Do you plan to discuss the drama with your students again during your lessons or do you expect them to bring up the subject themselves? Are you going to plan lessons that you had not planned to address the notions of secularism and freedom of expression? Do you fear negative reactions from a minority of students?