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Programmes Primary maths in the spotlight


The Minister of National Education, Xavier Darcos, introduced today the final version of new programmes of primary school. The text takes into account consultations with teachers, parliamentarians and parents. It must be implemented as soon as next autumn. The original spirit has not been amended according to the minister's entourage, programs remain short and refocused on "essential". Teachers' unions denounce them, a mink "backward" of the school.
The french and mathematics have the lion's share. According to our information, a hundred points, however, have evolved over the first draft. Some learning grammar or math today made the college had originally been developed for the primary, sparking controversy. Seen as too difficult for young students, they are finally defeated in time: students will learn these concepts one, two years or three years later.

This is the case in previous past and asked that the division should be learned CE1 or the rule of three that was planned for the CM2. Learning spheres and volumes CM2, he finally will concern that the cylinder rather than the cube, cone, pyramid, etc.. Another element of controversy, learning of previous or future pluperfect tense, is however not changed. Absent the draft programmes, films will be introduced in knowledge in art history. Similarly, the Declaration of Human Rights is reintroduced in history, as an important event.

Vision mechanistic
The 1 100 summaries from consultations in primary schools with teachers are "relatively positive", according to the ministry, which recognizes, however, "critical" that brought some changes. According to the SNUIPP, the main union of primary teachers, which has engaged in its own survey of more than 600 schools, teachers' impressions are shared. The idea of programmes shorter and more precise in terms of objectives can be appreciated. However, contents are considered unbalanced, built on the basis of a "mechanistic vision" of learning and, even if teachers are aware that "the process automation are essential."

"With the final version, it would appear that we are seeing a decline on a number of contentious issues, said Gilles Moindrot, head of SNUIPP, but the philosophy of the text remains with a heavier programmes french and math…" Teachers s'interrogeraient and the lack of emphasis on history and geography or science and whether to increase the hours of sport.