Alain De Carlo: PE is a popular discipline


90% of students appreciate PE. This is one of the results of the survey conducted by Snesp Fsu among students and parents. Far from asking for “sports,” students and their families have certain expectations about physical education. The survey shows a genuine desire to see physical education emphasized with more practice time in lessons. Alain De Carlo, Snesp Fsu’s national secretary and rapporteur on these investigations, is assessing the situation.

How was your investigation organized?

We proposed a survey for EPS teams who want to get feedback on their students’ feelings. Each team may (or may not) send us their results for the national review. We also conducted an SNEP-FSU survey of parents. EPS teams can download surveys to present to their institution’s students and parents. We also sent the parent questionnaire to the parent federations. We received more than 6,000 responses from parents and 45,356 student responses (23,153 girls 51% and 22,203 boys 49%) from institutions all over France. That makes it one of the largest surveys in the PSE. In 2006, the ministry conducted a survey on students’ feelings, it concerned less than 2000 students.

Do 89% of students vote for EPS?

When students are asked whether physical education is one of their “most” or “least” favorite disciplines, 60.5% of them answer that physical education is one of their preferred disciplines. 29.1% “like” it as much as others and only 10.5% of students classify physical education as their least favorite subject. For boys or girls, “plus” is much more than “minus” (66 points difference for boys, 32 points for girls). Indeed, 89.6% of students say they appreciate physical education, the discipline is popular. We were suspicious, but not at that level. Also, the majority of students want more physical education during the week: 57.2%. However, keep in mind that there is also a gap between girls and boys. If boys are in the majority who demand more, girls are in the majority, but to a lesser extent.

According to your survey, is physical education for students first and foremost an expression of goals?

In fact, when we ask students what PE has taught them, if an answer comes in (61 percent for “relax/exercise”), others do the same (about 40 percent). The first item translates the students’ desire to have an action EPS in which they physically spend themselves. It places the practical work of Apsa at the heart of our discipline. The other answers are undoubtedly complementary: the pleasure of learning new APSA (39%), the pleasure of pushing one’s limits (41%), feeling good about your body and improving health (42%), working collaboratively (45%). Many motivations that are often contrasted in conversations where early users voiced them.

These results should raise questions about current trends in our discipline that are reducing the physical practices and studies of APSA while health and culture are closely linked, seeking to achieve health goals.

It would seem that contrary to some suggestions, team sports are really preferred by students?

Yes, students were asked about their preferred physical sports and artistic activities (maximum 4 choices), and team sports (for 52% of students) were the most common. It is followed by APPN (46%), racquet sports (42%), fitness activities (33%), combat sports (26%), water activities (23%), gymnastics activities (23%), athletic activities (22%). ), artistic activities (18%), reflective activities (9%). These results are not a classification of the APSA and EPS should not be made to students’ tastes. However, they do provide a snapshot of students’ perceptions… which are not always the ones put forward by the institution!

With regard to parents, we are moving beyond the plebiscite to full membership, with almost 95% of those who see EPS especially as important or even necessary. Are priorities set for increasing working hours and improving facilities?

When parents were asked what they thought about physical education in their children’s education, 55.7% answered “Important”, 39.2% “important”, 3.7% “unimportant”, and 0.6% “unnecessary”. has given. Therefore, 94.9% of parents say that physical education is important or necessary. Parents are emphasizing the importance of EPS for their children rather than JM Blanquer’s talk of “the basics”! The top 3 priorities for parents to improve physical education are sports equipment (79%), numbers per class (67%) and hourly increases (60%).

Aren’t you afraid that the ministry will once again fall into confusion between EPS and sports and physical activity by using your numbers in the service of “überization” of stakeholders within the school and especially in EPS?

These results show that users have a strong expectation for a quality EPS. They just don’t want the EPS to move. Rather, they demand learning (equipment, abscess, etc.). It is clear that supporters of the “less public service” dogma, as in all industries, will seek to use the articulated societal demand for a minimalist response. For our discipline, this is the policy pioneered by JM Blanquer, reinforcing “sport at school”, “moving for 30 minutes” while eliminating the possibilities of EPS and school sport.

As throughout its history, the future of physical education will depend on the balance of power between PE advocates with a tough cultural context like us and those who just want “basic” PE. ” at school. It will be up to the physical education teachers, together with the users, to participate in the struggles for the development of future physical education that should neither be “überized” nor “low cost”. This survey is a tool to move in that direction. confirms that you’re wearing it, which should give us confidence to move forward towards new advancement for our discipline (4 hours for all, equipment, training, recruiting, etc.).

Antoine Maurice’s interview

Result of the investigation