Quem diz México, diz Portugal.

"EARLIER this week, I spotted, among the job listings in the newspaper Reforma, an ad from a restaurant in Mexico City looking to hire dishwashers. The requirement: a secondary school diploma. 

"Despite recent gains in industrial development and increasing numbers of engineering graduates, Mexico is floundering socially, politically and economically because so many of its citizens do not read.


When my daughter was 15, her literature teacher banished all fiction from her classroom. “We’re going to read history and biology textbooks,” she said, “because that way you’ll read and learn at the same time.” In our schools, children are being taught what is easy to teach rather than what they need to learn. It is for this reason that in Mexico — and many other countries — the humanities have been pushed aside.

We have turned schools into factories that churn out employees. With no intellectual challenges, students can advance from one level to the next as long as they attend class and surrender to their teachers. In this light it is natural that in secondary school we are training chauffeurs, waiters and dishwashers. 


But perhaps the Mexican government is not ready for its people to be truly educated. We know that books give people ambitions, expectations, a sense of dignity. If tomorrow we were to wake up as educated as the Finnish people, the streets would be filled with indignant citizens and our frightened government would be asking itself where these people got more than a dishwasher’s training."

Era isto que eu queria dizer ao Camilo Lourenço quando ele perguntou para que serviam os licenciados em História, mas entretanto esqueci-me. Também houve quem lhe respondesse mais depressa.


  1. Replies
    1. não reparei que eram dois comentários iguais! rouba à vontade, JR! a palavra tem de ser espalhada :p

    2. Podes crer! É que o produto desta forma já inunda o ensino superior... e é TÃO triste. Vamos despertar consciências?


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