President Hugo Chavez threatened on Monday to take over any private schools refusing to submit to the oversight of his socialist government, a move some Venezuelans fear will impose leftist ideology in the classroom.
All Venezuelan schools, both public and private, must submit to state inspectors enforcing the new educational system. Those that refuse will be closed and nationalized, Chavez said.
A new curriculum will be phased in during this school year, and new textbooks are being developed to help educate “the new citizen,” added Chavez’s brother and education minister Adan Chavez in their televised ceremony on the first day of classes.
Just what the curriculum will include and how it will be applied to all Venezuelan schools and universities remains unclear.
But one college-level syllabus obtained by The Associated Press shows some premedical students already have a recommended reading list including Karl Marx’s Das Kapital and Fidel Castro’s speeches, alongside such traditional subjects as biology and chemistry.
So many comments, so little time:
- -‘Recommended’ reading, huh? As in, ‘We recommend you read this mindless drivel if you want to pass this class?’
- -Imposing ‘leftist ideology in the classroom’–sounds like a lot of classrooms in the U.S., unfortunately. Except here it’s more of a sneaky thing done by leftist educators.
- -Oh yeah, I have to finish the song: “Marxism and socialism and ‘rithmetic, taught to the tune of a hick’ry stick.”