By Their Own Right / Fernando Damaso
Posted on March 10, 2014
In its campaign to restore lost ethical, civil and moral values, the
government is emphasizing the important role to be played by educators
and the family. While it is good that responsibility for this is being
returned to the latter, it is something that should never have been
taken away in the first place. In its desire to monopolize everything,
including conscience, the state took upon itself the ridiculous task of
creating a “New Man,” a being that would respond to its ideology and
policies. It was task in which, like so many others, it has failed.
When discussing teachers, it is difficult to know where to start. First
of all, what teachers are we talking about? Most of our educators were
trained in the same system, one which could hardly preserve values since
it relied on those who, with rare exceptions, did not themselves possess
These are people who practice double standards, who participate in
forced promotions, who sell test results and grades, who use the
classroom to teach official dogma.
This contributes to the formation of human beings who are easily
manipulated, people without appropriate standards, who feel obligated to
think and behave in accordance with the majority in order to avoid
getting themselves or their parents into trouble.
This is made worse by the politicization of the classroom and by schools
which allow students to be used in despicable acts, known as
“repudiation rallies,” against citizens who do not agree with government
policy, evidence of which is all too common.
Education is not one of the sectors that enjoy financial advantages,
which causes many teachers to leave to find work in tourism, joint
ventures and self-employment, all of which offer better working
conditions and lifestyles.
Additionally, few students choose careers in teaching. When they do, it
is often because they have no other options. The fact that a policeman
receives a much higher monthly salary than an educator speaks volumes
about the absurdities that exist in our society.
While it is true that it is essential to restore these lost values, in a
situation with widespread poverty and difficulty — one without a clear
pathway out — it becomes a very difficult and time consuming task.
The family and the school should once again occupy the positions they
had always held in their own right. But, in order to fulfill their
responsibilities, they must overcome the disastrous state in which we
now find ourselves.
4 March 2014
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