Friday , January 15 2021

A teenager from Saguenay proposes to change the class schedule in a letter to the PM

A 16-year-old girl suggests that the Quebec government change the class schedule to help young people.

Anne-Catherine Couillard, who attends the Séminaire de Chicoutimi, even wrote to Prime Minister François Legault. The Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, the National Director of Public Health, Dr Horacio Arruda, the minister responsible for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Andrée Laforest, and the member for Jonquière, Sylvain Gaudreault, all received a copy.

“The immense pressure exerted by the school and our so precious learning create collateral problems even more serious than the virus itself”, writes the student of 4e secondary.

“We are ready to make a lot of concessions and compromises (…), but without letting our mental health deteriorate”, she continues.

Like the other adolescents, Anne-Catherine Couillard believed that the spring confinement would only be temporary. At the start of 2021, she considers that young people are the big ones forgotten by the pandemic.

“I wrote telling myself that if I didn’t do it, no one would do it for me,” the student explained in an interview on Wednesday. I wanted Mr. Legault to have a vision of what young people were going through. ”

One day in class, one day online … For the teenager, the class schedule adopted by the government prevents young people from building an effective routine. Rather, it offers a weekly rotation, rather than daily.

“(…) A week of online lessons allows you to establish a solid routine”, underlines the teenager in her letter. (…) This will allow students to recharge their batteries by hanging out with their friends, ”she wrote.

Anne-Catherine ends her missive with a message of hope despite everything. “Just as the generations of war knew how to do, we will build the world of tomorrow. (…) We will emerge stronger and more united as a society. “

“The pandemic has changed the way we work, but also our creativity. We had plenty of time to reflect, to learn more about ourselves … ”, she explained in an interview.

Sylvain Gaudreault made this letter public on his Facebook page. According to him, François Legault must respond to the teenager.

“What struck me was the message of hope. We will not hide that we have started to call this generation, Generation C, for COVID, coronavirus and containment. François Legault must understand that the message conveyed is strong, ”he told TVA Nouvelles.

“Of course I would like that … replied Anne-Catherine Couillard. But they have to make tough decisions on bigger issues … “

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