Alain De Carlo: physical education, popular discipline

90% of students value physical education. This is one of the results of a survey organized by Snesp FGU among students and parents. Students and their parents do not require “sport” at all, they make certain demands on physical education. The survey shows a real desire for physical education to be given special attention in the classroom, and more time for practice. Alain De Carlo, National Secretary of Snesp Fsu and rapporteur for these investigations, sums up.

How was your investigation organized?

We offered a survey for EPS teams who wanted to know about the feelings of their students. Each team could (or could not) send us their results for national compilation. In parallel, we conducted a survey of SNEP-FSS parents. EPS teams could download surveys to share with students and parents at their institution. We have also sent a parent survey to parent federations. We received over 6,000 responses from parents and 45,356 student responses (23,153 girls 51% and 22,203 boys 49%) from institutions throughout France. Which makes it one of the most massive polls on PSE. In 2006, the Ministry conducted a survey on the well-being of schoolchildren, which affected less than 2,000 schoolchildren.

89% of students vote for EPS?

When students are asked if physical education is one of the disciplines they like “most” or “least”, 60.5% of them answer that physical education is one of the disciplines they prefer. 29.1% “love” it the same way as the rest, and only 10.5% of students classify physical education as their least favorite subject. Whether girls or boys, plus is much more than minus (66 points difference among boys, 32 points difference among girls). Indeed, 89.6% of students tell us that they value physical education, the discipline is popular. We suspected it, but not at this level. At the same time, the majority of students want to do more physical education during the week: 57.2%. Note, however, that there is also a gap between girls and boys. If the boys in the majority ask for more, then the girls too, but to a lesser extent.

According to your survey, it seems that physical education for students is, first of all, the articulation of goals?

In fact, when we ask students what PE does for them, if one answer comes up (61% for “relax/exercise”), others come back in the same vein (about 40%). The first point conveys the desire of students to have an active EPS, in which a person conducts himself physically. This places the practical study of apsa at the center of our discipline. Other responses clearly demonstrate complementarity: the pleasure of learning new APSAs (39%), the pleasure of going beyond your limits (41%), feeling good and improving your health (42%), working collaboratively (45%). So many motivations that are often contrasted in speeches where they are voiced by early adopters.

These findings should raise questions about current trends in our discipline that, in order to pursue health goals, are curtailing physical practice and APSA research while health and culture are closely linked.

It would seem, unlike some proposals, do students really prefer team sports?

Yes, schoolchildren were asked what physical sports and artistic activities they prefer (maximum 4 answers), and team sports were most often mentioned (52% of students). This is followed by APPN (46%), racket sports (42%), fitness classes (33%), martial arts (26%), water sports (23%), gymnastics (23%), sports (22%). ). ), artistic activity (18%), reflective activity (9%). These results are not a classification of the APSA and the EPS should not be tailored to the tastes of the students, as the formation of a physically and culturally educated citizen takes place through a complete and balanced education. But they give an idea of ​​the perception of the students… which is not always the same as the opinion of the educational institution!

As far as parents are concerned, we go beyond the plebiscite and lean directly towards full membership, in particular, almost 95% consider EPS to be important or even necessary. Are there also priorities for increasing hours and improving conditions?

When asked by parents what they think about physical education in teaching their child, 55.7% of parents answered that it is “necessary”, 39.2% “important”, 3.7% “not important”, 0.6% “unnecessary”. “. Thus, 94.9% of parents say that physical education is important or necessary. Parents emphasize the importance of EPS for their children, far from J. M. Blanker’s “basics” speeches! The top three priorities for parents to improve physical education are sports equipment (79%), reduced class time (67%), and hourly increases (60%).

Are you not afraid that the ministry will once again get confused between EPS and sports and physical activity, using your figures for the sake of “uberization” of stakeholders within the school and in particular in the EPS?

These results show a strong user expectation for quality EPS. They don’t just want EPS to move. On the contrary, they are demanding in terms of training (equipment, apsa, etc.). Obviously, the advocates of the “less public services” dogma will try to use the expressed social demand to provide a minimalist response, as they do in all areas. For our discipline, strengthening “sports in school”, “30-minute movement”, removing funds for EPS and school sports, this is the policy pursued by J. M. Blanker.

As throughout its history, the future of physical education will depend on the balance of power between advocates of physical education with demanding cultural content, like us, and those who only want “basic” physical education.” in schools. Physical education teachers, together with users, will have to participate in the fight for the development of the physical education of tomorrow, which should be neither “uberized” nor “cheap”. This survey is a tool to move in this direction. This confirms that users wear “the very best of EPS”, which should give us the confidence to move towards new progress in our discipline (4 hours for everyone, equipment, training, recruitment, etc.).

Antoine Maurice interview

The result of the investigation