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Social Reeducation from the Classroom?

Less technology and More Philosophy...

Our friend Edu recently had a spontaneous and sincere conversation with a father who, on the day of their chance meeting, was enjoying his little free time on a mountain bike ride. It was already the last sunny hours of the day when Edu was visiting and taking photos at an archaeological site. The unexpected cyclist made an appearance, they greeted each other, and when it seemed that he was leaving after inspecting those remains of long past times, he kindly asked Edu if he could take a photo with the monument behind him, a request to which our friend agreed without hesitation. After taking the snapshot, Edu told him that he should return without wasting time to the place where he had left his car, because sunset would soon begin to be night and both they had to leave that place in the middle of the mountain. It could be related to the fact of still having to walk alone between 4 and 5 kilometers, but whatever the reason the man with the bike got off it and decided to walk with Edu. Although it was the first time that they met, they began a lively and interesting conversation, because far from falling into the topics of these situations, they addressed issues that really concern us as human beings... even to the point of talking about a kind of social reeducation that is moving forward stealthily.

About halfway down the path, a dog guarding a herd of sheep met them in the distance, and began to bark. Curious, what a coincidence, because it would seem that it was scolding them for their conversation. Obviously, it was doing its job in the presence of strangers. But why do we figuratively say that it could be berating them for their dialogue? It is that just at that point of the journey they were discussing the indoctrination that already occurs, and that is intended to intensify, in school classrooms with our children. And it is here where not a few parents - he seemed to be clear in this regard - associate indoctrination almost exclusively with the ideas of a certain political party, that is, they fear that their children will be guided so that on the day of vote for a certain option tomorrow.

Illiteracy with a Degree

Instead, the issue goes far beyond the ballot box, since what is really intended is to condition and, for those who resist, redirect behaviors and conduct, gradually relieving the role of parents, who see how the education of their most precious treasures remains in hands of the State or, better said, of the structures rooted in it and that manage it, such as the political parties, who for more than 40 years in Spain have been incapable - rather they have not been interested - in carrying out a serious and lasting educational pact, in which the promotion of critical, autonomous and independent thinking is the basis of education. Instead, they have been interested in schools, institutes and universities being nests of people with knowledge about certain subjects... but who never put the system in question. That is, you can be a brilliant doctor, architect, lawyer or journalist in the development of professional practice, but completely illiterate when it comes to realizing the lies about the system in which they live is based on. Well, now they want to add to this illiteracy with a degree , and in a parallel way and perhaps with greater intensity, the indoctrination so that the model of the ideal person coincides with the idea of ​​person drawn up by those who manage the State.

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Result: parents lose the strong bond, the reins of their children's education by falling into the hands of an educational system that, curiously, tells students not only how to be and behave, but said students are used to redirect the behavior of their parents. Thus,  Daddy State not only indoctrinates our children, but our children end up re-educating their own parents. Why do we say this? Going back to the conversation between Edu and his cyclist companion, he told him that quite often his children take home, at the request of their teachers, a series of surveys that, due to the type of questions asked -such as the distribution of tasks at home, for example-, include a negative or contrary bias towards the role of the man, who, agreeing with his partner, may already have perfectly overcome those problems that said surveys pose as something generalized, suggesting, by how they are designed, that it affects the majority of society, when it does not.

Inclusive in Theory, Exclusive in Practice

Do not forget that for those parties that in Spain are State structures, politicians who belong to them do not step on the street  -except for actions for their own benefit-, therefore ignoring reality. However, despite living in a parallel world, filling their mouths when it comes to defending and promoting public health and public education, always keep in mind that when it comes to themselves or their loved ones, they do not doubt the most minimum in resorting not only to the private system, but within it, to exclusive institutions and centers. Yes, no matter how inclusive they want to make everything around them. Stay with that word: exclusive; because it's the territory where they really move.

How to regenerate a rotten system if its structures are rotten? No matter that one hundred thousand emerging parties may come with their best intentions; the real problem is that political parties cannot be basic structures of the State.

"...And those of men too"

We will finish these lines with a couple of anecdotes that the cycling father told our friend before ending their journey and saying goodbye. He began by telling him that one day he was trying to explain to his two sons how to wash their hands properly -he works in a hospital-, when one of them quickly confronted him to point out that a lot of water is wasted that way. On the other hand, and on the occasion of an act in the street to commemorate Women's Day and which he attended with his family, the person who read a manifesto ended up saying something like that everyone must continue fighting for women's rights, to which one of the two children, 4 years old, spontaneously raised his voice to add "... and those of men too". His father says that there was silence between a few forced and uncomfortable laughs.

Wouldn't everything be easier if we commemorated the Day of the Human Being? Perhaps we already do it in our day to day, without the need for sterile confrontations, facing that daily battle called life.