Comments on “Diversity” take stock of the relationship between schools and religion


Comments for comments. From January 2022, published by the French Educational Institute, a part of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Lyon, semi-annually diversity In various forms since 1973. Under its first heading, Immigration training, is a professional adult education publication issued by the National Education Documentation Center after the strengthening of family reunification rights in 1978.Its name became Urban-School Integration, with wider city policy, priority education and integration of all school issues. Between 2014 and 2022, the journal juxtaposes the contributions of social science researchers alongside those of education system actors, published in print and digital by Canopé Web, bringing together educational editorial resources for national education.

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Since its transfer to ENS de Lyon, it is only available online and distributed through the Prairial platform, which specializes in open access scientific journals.membership diversity National Education and Political Sensitivity “Questions on the spot” Contrary to what one might fear, it approached schools in a pluralistic manner and never ran into friction with ministerial authorities who never tried to influence content.Its latest issue brings together, in addition to several archived articles, 28 articles on the topic “Religion and Schools”.

very comprehensive inventory

Exploring often strained relationships, even today, editor-in-chief Régis Guyon reminds us in his lecture that the threat “A little spark can spark controversy”, the question draws out a very complete list, both fact and theory, current and historical. One would dream that its reading could inspire and even sift through often-outburst or erratic public lectures on these topics.

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Mentioning only certain authors is an insult to others of the same quality, but one can get an idea of ​​the content by noting the three interviews that open this issue: with historian Dominique Avon, Contemporary History of Religion in France (Discovery, 2022); with sociologist Françoise Lantheaume, who led the Redisco investigation (Religion, Discrimination and Racism in Schools) after the 2015 attacks; with Director of the Institute for Advanced Study of Religion and Secularism with Philippe Martin. Do not confuse the measured tone of the entire dossier with euphemisms of any kind: all difficulties are addressed there, including the perception that the school’s secularism is discriminatory by a majority of Muslim students.

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