The mobilizations of a good part of the concerted school against the new educational law, known as the Celaá law, which is voted on Thursday in Congress, are getting worse. Hundreds of educational centers will send their rejection of the norm directly to students this Wednesday by reading a manifesto that opposes it in a fiery tone, arguing, for example, that “it leads to the systemic domain of the State” and “devalues teaching the subject of Religion ”. The measure has generated unease in union circles for involving students and teachers.
The manifesto has been prepared by the More Plural platform, which includes the main entities related to concerted education, including Catholic Schools, the Spanish Confederation of Education Centers, Escola Cristiana de Catalunya, Concapa, Confapa, the USO Teaching Federation and fifteen other organizations. Sources from Catholic Schools assure that, on a national scale, they have not urged to read the manifesto in classes, but rather that the centers have been asked “to adopt the initiatives they consider appropriate to make the educational community aware of what it entails. this law”. At least two territorial organizations of Catholic Schools, that of Andalusia and that of the Valencian Community, have encouraged the schools in their territories to read the document to students. In Madrid, the same sources point out, the manifesto has already been read in some schools in recent days.
26% of Spanish pre-university students study in subsidized centers. 60% of them belong to Catholic Schools.
The manifesto maintains that the Lomloe (Organic Law of Modification of the LOE) “allows the distribution of students by centers significantly reducing the educational choice of their parents”, “creates a scenario of unequal opportunities for families”, imposes “an ideology secularist improper of a non-denominational state ”and“ leads the current special education centers to their disappearance ”. In one of the schools in which the reading of the manifesto is scheduled, the message that has been distributed to the teachers advises that the text, of folio and a half, be read to students from the third year of ESO, and that the smaller ones have its content explained to them. Both of them will then observe a minute of silence.
Children’s participation in education is positive, believes Miquel Martínez, professor of Pedagogy at the University of Barcelona, “but it is not that adults lead them to do so according to their positions, on a subject that is complex and in which such controversial claims are made, ”he says.
The More Plural Platform presented several writings in Congress on Tuesday in which it asked the groups to stop the processing of the law. A collection of signatures against the norm has begun (this Tuesday they added, according to the entity, one and a half million). He is scheduled to concentrate on Thursday before Congress. And, on Sunday, carry out “a demonstration in cars” in Madrid and other cities.
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