[Opinion] For a national institution of educational excellence in Quebec

Recently, actress Anne Casabonne announced her candidacy for the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ). What the public thinks about it is like, “Because it’s against Public Health and its evidence, we’re against it.” Even recently, one-man band Gregory Charles made a significant media outing about young Quebecers dropping out of school. Public reflection is unclear on how to position oneself, although many educators and education researchers have risen to point out that, contrary to Gregory Charles’s assertion, gender diversity in education seems to be absent at all in his studies. proof.

As a former doctor and now a doctoral student in educational research, I dream of a Quebec where educational evidence circulates with the same fluids as germs and antibiotics. I want a Quebec where the shout in front of an incorrect expression of shock like that of Gregory Charles can be as automatic as against Anne Casabonne, because we are sure of what we are saying and that the whole field can be a united. in front.

Not that I want to reign in one mind: debate, on the contrary, promotes any discipline. But it will improve when the standards are strong so that we can easily absorb their question. That any medical student who questions microbial theory and the effectiveness of antibiotics is fine. That biomedical data gives him answers that are quickly even better.

As a medical student and resident physician, one resource has been very useful to me in terms of antibiotic therapy: the guidelines for best use (GUO) of antibiotics from the National Institute of Excellence in Health and Social Services ( INESSS). INESS, created in 2011, is an organization responsible for transferring knowledge from research to practice guides readily available to health care professionals. What supportive treatments should be recommended for acute bronchitis? What antibiotic is prescribed and at what dose for acute otitis media? INSESS provides answers to these questions in an easily accessible format, on the Internet, in its application.

I dream of a Quebec where there is an equivalent in education. This Quebec is less utopian. The 2017 Educational Success Policy led to a consultation to this effect: should a National Institute of Excellence in Education (INEE) be created or not? The community response was negative, for fear that the recommendations of such an organization would standardize practices, thus undermining the professional autonomy of teachers and, thereby, the success of students.

The argument raised an eyebrow. Doctors have more professional autonomy than teachers; does anyone just say that INSSS has ruined its practice? No: because in medicine, we understand that autonomy has to do with how to use the guidelines, to personalize the principle of each client; we understand that this has nothing to do with the decision of intended purposes.

An organization like INEE, which aims to “improve efficiency [éducative] and the efficient use of the sector’s resources[éducation] (I paraphrase the mission of INSSS), never detrimental to teaching practice. And if there is a risk of standardizing this practice, it is in the sense of pedagogical efficiency… that no teacher is logically opposed.

As such, just as eight million bodies demand personal deviations from medical teachings, eight million brains demand personal deviations from educational teachings. It still needs to deviate in the right way — hence the usefulness of research.

So I hope that the commotion created by Mr. public outing. Charles will be an opportunity for the world of education to put this INEE project back on the drawing board, which for me is the best way to link practice and evidence to teaching. We still have to accept for good the need for quantitative data on education, which the entire section of the research world seems to be wary of.

This skepticism comes in my opinion from a poor interpretation of interpretativism … but it is a debate for the future open letter. What needs to be learned from this is that education systems can benefit from creating, like health systems, learning organisms. To do this, knowledge transfer institutions such as INSSS and INEE are essential tools. Stop denying them.

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