“The crisis facing national education and health vividly demonstrates the dangers of short-termism”

2023-09-19 03:00:17

Rcome into force thanks to the climate crisis, the concept of planning, as it is used by the government, does not mean that the State will take care of everything. It aims to reassure the French about the country’s collective capacity to act against global warming: by having been underestimated, the problem has become a tangible threat to their way of life, their activity and their survival.

The process assumes that after having defined a course, a roadmap, marked out by stages, is presented in a sufficiently convincing manner for the actors concerned to get moving. The result is not guaranteed, but the approach is infinitely better than moving forward blindly, at the risk of not being able to control the tensions and disorders caused by global warming.

It is a safe bet that without this exogenous constraint, the idea that public action is governed by a vision must take place over the long term and have the objective of involving as many actors as possible would have been completely neglected as the pressure is exerted in the opposite direction: the parties, one of whose functions is to produce ideas and to lead the debate, are failing, the administration is more and more associated with the production of stifling standards and the political power finds itself under the dictatorship of immediate expectations to be met and injustices to be corrected as quickly as possible, under penalty of being swept away.

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The current crisis in national education and health, two sectors which sealed the Republican pact and gave the French social model its nobility, nevertheless vividly demonstrates the dangers of short-termism. A slow deterioration occurred there quietly for years until suddenly all the problems converged and these two buildings, which were once the pride of France, appeared in a state of great fragility.

Not only is the teaching profession no longer attractive, but national education is no longer associated with the notion of social advancement. The “level” is increasingly criticized and social inequalities are becoming fossilized. In terms of health, the shortage of doctors competes with the burnout of hospital staff and the closure of beds, creating medical deserts which accentuate the territorial divide. How, in these conditions, can we continue to proclaim the right to health for all?

Rise of new needs

The “Report on the state of public services”, released Thursday September 14 by the left-wing transpartisan collective Our public services have the merit of going beyond the simplistic statement according to which the degradation of these two French jewels results solely from a lack of public resources. He points out the crisis of adaptation of these two models which only very imperfectly manage to respond to the rise of new needs linked, on the one hand, to the massification of education, and on the other, to the aging of the population. .

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