Philippe Meirieu, specialist in educational sciences, calls for “not to give up on the values that make us live” after the Conflans attack.
Tribune. We, teachers, educators, animators, social workers, who recognize ourselves in the ideal of emancipation and solidarity of the New Education, are in mourning. The barbaric assassination of Samuel P. plunges us into fear and we want to express our full support to his relatives and colleagues, but also to all those who, like us, work for a school that trains everyone. of his students to the freedom to think.
Our immense sadness does not extinguish, however, neither our determination nor our hope: determination to fight, on a daily basis and in “the slightest gesture”, against all forms of violence against humans and for ever more cooperation and justice . Hope that we are constantly more numerous to refuse deadly intolerances, to campaign so that the joy of sharing supplants withdrawal into oneself and that the construction of a common future prevails over communitarianism.
Today we are angry: the horror of the inhuman has swept away our colleague Samuel. But we do not want to give the Islamist terrorists the gift of our despair. We do not want, either, to let the amalgamations and the logics of scapegoat carry us into an escalation of hate. We will tirelessly continue our fight for freedom of information and against all forms of hold on people’s minds. We will continue to welcome each and everyone with their unique characteristics while working tirelessly to build solidarity, without exclusion or exclusion. We will not give up on the values that make us live: the freedom to “think for yourself”, the equality of all humans and the contagious fraternity that we strive – and that we will use more than ever – to bring to life to our children so that they build a world where we no longer have to mourn the murder of an educator.