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For several years now, in most fields of activity, work has become more complex, demands have increased and, in addition, everything must continue to function but with fewer people to handle it. The phenomenon is also evident in education!

To compensate, several strategies are considered; among them, immigration is often put forward but quickly comes up against the integration capacity of the host environment. Then, the increase in productivity is proposed but it cannot be decreed, it develops gradually and requires significant investments in research as well as in equipment and training, without counting the energy costs involved. Replacing a human by a robot consumes around 10 times more energy. Moreover, from a certain investment threshold, the risks become so important that they become the main limiting factor. We will not invest in areas that will take too long to develop in a rapidly changing environment.

Finally, in labor shortages, the most profitable sectors cannibalize others of their best people by offering better terms and conditions and cause a bidding war that leaves the less competitive fields bled dry.

For a variety of reasons, education is among those that do not respond quickly to competitive pressure. It does not often offer better salaries or improved conditions of practice, it does not attract to the career by recognized prestige, it is subject to all the pressures without being able to really take advantage of them. In other words, it is left with only doing better with less.

How do you recruit the right people in education, keep them motivated, involved? How do you improve working conditions while having fewer people to teach? How to teach better to meet the real needs of our societies?

The obvious solution is not found and it will come from each environment. What is obvious is that school will no longer be done in the same way, that technologies will be put to work, that responsibilities will be shared with students, parents, employers and finally that we will no longer teach the same things.

The competitive mentality that the educational system has transmitted for more than a century is gradually giving way to a broader conception of collective survival and life in general. On this last point, the school if already active and this is very good. The solution towards balance is largely on this side and no doubt also the pride of being part of the solution.

It is not only wealth that determines satisfaction; culture and confidence in one's skills are also essential elements, elements that are developed through education. With that in mind, I will say without embarrassment, "I am a teacher."

Denys Lamontagne - [email protected]

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