Illegalizing talent and effort



Wearing prescription glasses was very dangerous in the terror regime imposed by the Khmer Rouge communists. Wearing glasses was considered to be a consequence of reading a lot and that these people could therefore commit the sin of thinking and being a danger to the regime. Businessmen, engineers and doctors were candidates to be the unfortunate protagonists of the executions that were usually carried out during the mandate of terror that they imposed. Obviously, without being as wild as the Khmer Rouge, today there are ignorant people who claim that “Talented people often create problems”.

I do not know if Minister Celaá is one of those who makes such a statement, but what seems evident is that talent will not be promoted in the future education law, one more, which will govern the fate of the new generations. The trivialization of suspensions it is one of the most prominent aspects of the future law both in criticism and in praise.

Studies have indicated that failures and repetitions are not an incentive to improve student academic expectations. This may be so. Repeating a year because you have not passed a certain number of subjects can have a more demoralizing effect than anything else on the student who suffers it. He stops going to class with peers his age and with whom he has shared a few years of experiences, to start with new, younger peers. Maybe because of it, Celaá has decided that repeating should not be very progressive and it has enabled a series of measures that will facilitate passing the course even if you do not have established the knowledge imparted.

It is likely that the minister has forgotten that the suspense and the repetitions of the course in themselves are not just a kind of punishment for a student who has not been able to assimilate a series of knowledge. In a way, these repetitions tried to guarantee that the students who had passed them had acquired a sufficient base to be able to learn new knowledge. It must be difficult to explain what multiplication is, if there are students who do not know how to add.

Image of the Minister of Education, Isabel Celaá, in the Congress of Deputies
Image of the Minister of Education, Isabel Celaá, in the Congress of Deputies – BERNARDO DÍAZ

All Spaniards must have the right to study, to learn, because education is, without a doubt, the best way to break or overcome social barriers. For this reason, the educational law that the Sánchez Government wants to implement, without sufficient consensus by the way, is a serious error that I hope is an ephemeral application.

It is essential that the political forces agree on a law that rewards effort and helps promote talent. Do not worry about criminalizing concerted education, but rather align the entire education system to meet a common goal, perhaps promoting healthy competition to achieve that goal. And, of course, forget about facilitating leaders like Minister Marzà with the task of relegating Spanish at school.

I think that all of us who have studied have not been good at all subjects. Some of us have liked them more or were more prepared for them, others, however, could seem like real mountains in the middle of the road. It is curious that the effort to overcome them usually leaves a pleasant memory and, without a doubt, it is part of the training and preparation process. It seems that Minister Celaá wants to remove the mountains from the road and also the knowledge that is acquired by crossing them. Some have already described it as legalizing ignorance, I would rather say that the goal is to outlaw talent and effort.

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