Paulo Freire banido no Arizona/EUA
Paulo Freire banido
O secretário da educação do Arizona disse que notou que Che Guevara era tratado como um herói, enquanto que Benjamin Franklin era considerado racista pela turma.
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O livro Pedagogia do Oprimido, do educador brasileiro Paulo Freire, foi banido das escolas públicas de Tucson, no estado do Arizona, sudoeste dos Estados Unidos da América (EUA).
Paulo Freire’s book, ‘A Pedagogy of the Oppressed’ banned in Tucson: A note from Bill Bigelow and ReThinking Schools
with a blessing by a professor of Yaqui Indian and
Mexican heritage, showcased Arizona’s rich diversity
as well as the love and tolerance of many of its citizens.
Unfortunately there is another Arizona, one where its state
government all too often promotes discord and intolerance.
This was painfully clear in the state’s immigration law, which
empowers the police to demand the papers of suspected illega
l immigrants. And it is painfully clear in a new education law that
injects nativist fears directly into the public school classroom.
The law, which took effect Dec. 31, bans any courses or classes
that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people” or
“advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils
as individuals.” Arizona’s new attorney general, Tom Horne,
immediately used it to declare illegal a Mexican-American
ethnic-studies program in the Tucson Unified School District.
Mr. Horne, who wrote the law when he was superintendent of
public instruction, accused the program of “brainwashing” Latino
students, of teaching “ethnic chauvinism” because it uses
works by authors critical of the United States’ historical
relationship with Latin America and its past treatment of
Latinos. He has not gone after similar programs for black,
Asian or American Indian students.
It’s hard to object to the portions of the law that discourage
the overthrow of the government. But Mr. Horne goes way
overboard in trying keep high school students from studying
works like Paulo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” a classic
educational text, or any effort to deepen students’ understanding
of history, and their place in the world. Tucson school officials
say that far from stoking teenage resentment, the program has
helped students keep their grades up and stay in school.
The school district has been put in a bind: shut the program
down or lose state financing. Eleven teachers have sued
to block the law. The school board, regrettably, did not
join the lawsuit.
Educators and parents across the state should resist this
effort to clamp down on education. Justice demands it. And
even this ill-considered law suggests that Mr. Horne has badly
overreached. One passage reads: “Nothing in this section shall
be construed to restrict or prohibit the instruction of the
Holocaust, any other instance of genocide, or the historica
l oppression of a particular group of people based on ethnicity,
race or class.”
Arizona was rightly criticized in the 1980s and early 90’s when
it refused to join the nation in declaring Martin Luther King’s
Birthday a holiday. It finally agreed in 1992, and the whole country
has since traveled closer toward racial harmony. Arizona’s political
leaders shame themselves and their citizens when they preach
and promote the opposite.
Paulo Freire Is the Enemy of the People (Says Arizona)
nos EUA (http://clarissasblog.com/2012/01/17/
ela comenta, com ironia, que Paulo Freire tornou-se
um "inimigo do povo" e que:
Paulo Freire and [o livro] Rethinking Columbus,
there is no hope for you. I always thought that
schools were places that promoted learning and
reading, that they fostered the culture of appreciating
the written word. And now books are banned?
And such brilliant books, too?"