Archive for Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Chavez vows to close schools resisting checks

September 18, 2007


— 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.


BigDog 10 years, 7 months ago

I seem to remember reading posts about what a great guy Chavez is and how he cares about the people. He is moving his country toward the direction of his buddy Castro.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 7 months ago

He's not my hero. He's Venezuela's duly elected president (which means they have one more than we have.)

Don't know much about this proposal, and don't expect to hear much useful info from the mainstream US press, but at worst, I doubt that it's any worse than the "No Child Left Behind" disaster.

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