"Schools don't need companies to prepare them for business": Sophie Chassat's column in Le Point (14/10/2021)

Sophie Chassat

Author ofÉlan Vitalpublished by Calmann-Lévy on September 29, Sophie Chassat shares with us her new column in Le Point on school and business.

On the initiative of the French Minister of Education, the first "school-business" university was held on October 7 and 8 at the Futuroscope in Poitiers. While this venue embodies the future and foresight, the question of relations between two worlds that remain hopelessly impervious to each other in France was tackled with the categories of the past, and in a one-way fashion - because the issue is as much about how school enters into business as business into school!

In the end, the focus was on "trades" and, by extension, career guidance: 50 hours a year to present trades to students from the fourth grade onwards. This is a crucial point, of course, given the mismatch between job offers and the job market, and the difficulties young people have in integrating into the professional world. But the angle of job content is not the only relevant one, and is perhaps even a false good idea, given that it is estimated that 85% of the jobs of 2030 do not exist today...

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