Educational slavery for four-year-old children
Trojan horse in the Brazilian Congress alters Constitution to establish compulsory institutionalization of young children
By Julio Severo
Congressional measure PEC 96A/03, which increases the education budget, was approved 28 October 2009 in the Brazilian Senate. The vote had the participation of 52 senators, who unanimously approved the budget increase — an increase that will cause more sacrifices from the pocket of the Brazilian taxpayer.
Yet, it is not just in their pockets that Brazilians will be hit. PEC (which means Proposta de Emenda à Constituição [Constitutional Amendment Proposal]) makes, according to the liberal newspaper Folha de S. Paulo, “education compulsory for children and young people, ages 4 to 17. Today, this imposed obligation comprehends the age group 6 to 14. With this PEC, two years will be added to pre-school and secondary school.”
It was very easy to approve the age reduction for compulsory education, because nobody suspected that an insipid measure on budget contained a trap for Brazilian families. The budget PEC was the government Trojan horse to catch children, snatching them away earlier from parental sphere and directly hitting parental authority.
When enacted, this PEC will make the Brazilian Constitution “to kill two birds with one stone”, by forcing Brazilian citizens to deliver more of their tax money and forcing them to deliver their children earlier to the state control masked as “free education”.
This is the second victory of Lula in education. The first victory was when his administration lowered, without opposition, the compulsory education age to 6. What this imposed obligation will do is to give four-year-old children what six-year-old children are receiving from the State.
According to the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo, “a study made by the Institute of Statistics and Educational Research (INEP), affiliated to the Brazilian Department of Education, found officially that one third of Brazilian children enrolled in the 4th grade of the basic education even do not know what they should have learnt in the end of the first year in school”.
According to the Brazilian Statistics and Geography Institute, Brazil has 2.1 millions of schoolchildren, ages 7 to 14, who are illiterate. This is, they are children attending school to learn — but they are not learning. At least, they are not learning what their parents would like them to learn: to read, write, etc.
The only kind of illiteracy the Brazilian State bans in schools is sexual and Marxist illiteracy. In these two points, Brazilian schoolchildren would achieve high scores in any national and international examination.
Besides the terrible basic education and of the predominant sexual socialization, there is the socialization of violence: a Brazilian study found 66% of schoolchildren of the basic and secondary education involved in violence.
The two main characteristics of an excellent education are quality and freedom. Apparently, families have the greatest interest that their children may receive an education with those characteristics.
However, control over people requires quality and freedom to be discarded and sacrificed on behalf of compulsory indoctrination. For a State possessed by socialism, it does not matter if schoolchildren are not learning to read and write satisfactorily. What matters is to turn away children from parental sphere, authority and values in order to indoctrinate them directly on the state interests.
This indoctrination is a proven reality throughout Brazil. In a long story on the Brazilian schools, Veja magazine (the Brazilian counterpart of Time magazine) made the following comments:
* A prevalent trend among Brazilian teachers of imposing leftism in the minds of children.
* Leftist indoctrination is predominant in private schools. It is something teachers take more seriously than classroom subjects, as CNT/Sensus poll, ordered by Veja, found.
* It is embarrassing that Marxism has stayed alive only in Cuba, North Korea and in the Brazilian classrooms.
* CNT/Sensus poll interviewed 3,000 people from 24 Brazilian states, among students and teachers in public and private schools. Its conclusion in this issue was astonishing. Parents (61%) are aware that teachers make political discourses in the classroom and they find it normal. Most teachers recognize that they really indoctrinate children and they think this is their main mission — something more important than teaching how to interpret a text or excel in math. For 78% of teachers, political discourse makes sense, considering that they ascribe to school, above all, the function of “forming citizens” — above of “teaching subjects”.
* Many Brazilian teachers are fascinated by characters that in the classroom deserve a more critical approach, as the Argentine guerilla Che Guevara, who in the poll appears with 86% of positive mentions, 14% neutral, and no negative comment.
This reality of Brazilian schools is in perfect harmony with the government policies, whose interest is not quality and freedom, but exclusively state control over children. This reality makes Brazil to look more like communist China, where four-year-old children are obliged to attend school just to receive state indoctrination. In fact, according to Folha de S. Paulo, Brazil and China just announced the “the creation of a quinquennial plan of targets, as the plans adopted by the Chinese communist government, to create a joint education model”.
If the target is to control four-year-old kids, no one better than China to help the Brazilian State.
Socialism does not tolerate a Constitution guaranteeing the rights of families to choose freely a quality education for their children. Socialist ideal requires that instead of guaranteeing the natural rights of parents, the Constitution may be altered to protect the state ideological whims. When fundamental changes are made, all things are possible for the State.
Therefore, it is no wonder the approval of PEC to impose the educational slavery of all children in Brazil age four on. And it is no wonder that the Department of Education of the Lula administration has just declared that homeschooling is unconstitutional. The way China likes — and not much different from Nazism.
In 1937, dictator Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Workers’ Party, said, “The Youth of today is ever the people of tomorrow. For this reason we have set before ourselves the task of inoculating our youth with the spirit of this community of the people at a very early age, at an age when human beings are still unperverted and therefore unspoiled. This Reich stands, and it is building itself up for the future, upon its youth. And this new Reich will give its youth to no one, but will itself take youth and give to youth its own education and its own upbringing.”
In 1938, Hitler took from German parents their right to decide freely the education of their children, officially banning homeschooling. Hitler explained why he wanted children forcibly in schools:
When an opponent declares, “I will not come over to your side,” I calmly say, “Your child belongs to us already. . . . What are you? You will pass on. Your descendants, however, now stand in the new camp. In a short time they will know nothing else but this new community.”
Who will deliver little children of Brazil from this cruel destiny?Portuguese version of this article: Escravidão educacional para crianças de 4 anos