Many French websites have commented on the latest educational goals of Minister of Education Xavier Darcos, goals that should not really surprise anyone. Yet, every time I read such things I am shocked despite myself.
Here is Yves Daoudal's report. I especially like the last line.
"Within the framework of our role as educators, the fight against homophobia is in my opinion an essential issue," declared Xavier Darcos in the September edition of the gay magazine Têtu.
The Minister of "Education" points out that in his back-to-school circular he included an explicit mention of "homophobia" among the discriminations to be fought.
The intention is to launch a hunt for "homophobics" in the high-schools: the principals are "encouraged" to "keep us well-informed", so that we may have a "precise idea of the magnitude of incidents" of a homophobic nature, he said.
And he stresses that in September a publicity campaign will be launched in all high-schools for the purpose of disseminating information about the Azure Line [Ligne Azur], created to respond to "questions about sexual identity", in other words, to spread homosexual propaganda to adolescents who might resort to it for help.
He is saying that if a teen has questions he can turn to the Azure Line for a solution. The Azure Line is a phone service that dispenses information about sexuality. For those of you who aren't sure what sex you belong to, call the Azure Line and wonder no more.
The Azure Line is needed, says the minister, because "there is no guarantee that all our teachers and all our supervisors will be able to give useful information."
Indeed. They aren't all homosexuals, and some are even suspected of being secretly homophobic. Hence the call for denunciation, and we can assume that this targets teachers as well as pupils.
Asked why similar measures are not being used in the middle schools, Xavier Darcos replied that it was "a little difficult" since they are "younger children."
But they will be taken care of also: "The solution requires a person they can consult [...] the school nurses do a good job. We must put our trust in them, rather than on standardized prescriptives. Not everybody knows how to speak directly to a child of 13 about the awakening of sexuality, or the sexual choices that he has."
There are days when one could say that with Ségolène things would have been less bad.
On this page of the Azure Line website there is a link to the Ministry of Education's document in PDF format entitled "Homophobie savoir et réagir" (Homophobia: be informed and react). French readers may be interested in reading it.