In Toulouse, students refused to listen to the Beatles during Ramadan

In Toulouse, students refused to listen to the Beatles during Ramadan

In Toulouse, students refused to listen to the Beatles during Ramadan

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Three days after Ramadan began, in April 2022, a teacher had played a Beatles song to study its structure. One student stood up and refused to stay longer in class.

The case had electrified the media sphere and irrigated the plot of television talk shows. The information was revealed by The expedition in the May 17 issue. Some students had refused to take a music lesson at Les Chalets college, a school in central Toulouse, under the pretext of respecting religious precepts.

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The facts date back to April 4, three days after the start of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims. The teacher plays a Beatles piece to study the structure of this song composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A student gets up and refuses to stay in class any longer. He explains to the music education teacher that he is forbidden to listen to music during this holy period. Seven other students who are not necessarily of the Muslim faith follow suit. The teacher lets it go but warns the school principal. The latter and the head teacher summon these students for a reformulation and remind them of the rule of secularism that prevails at school.

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The principles of secularism violated

The episode is reported to the rectorate. After the attacks that bloodied Montauban and Toulouse in 2012, particularly at a Jewish school in the Pink City, the academy has been careful to provide an answer whenever students deviate from the principles of secularism. Few teachers from this Toulouse college had agreed to discuss this incident. Most were afraid to discredit this structure, a veritable laboratory of social diversity in which children of the upper classes confront the young people of the working-class neighborhoods of Toulouse.

Around the same time, another incident of the same nature had shaken this college. A group of girls had asked their teacher not to sit next to the boys. The reason given: during Ramadan, menstruating women cannot come into contact with anyone of the opposite sex. However, no rule of Islam supports this.

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