A strong controversy has led to the Council’s decision National Education (CNED)-in the framework of changes for the curriculum of third and fourth half-to leave the bouquet of history as optional and not obligatory.
The decision of the Council, endorsed by the Minister of Education, Marcela Densa, for the formation of the last years of the secondary education are 6 compulsory subjects (language and literature, mathematics, English, Citizen Education, philosophy and sciences for the Citizenship (biology, Physics and chemistry), and up to 27 optional.
Via Twitter, Minister Marcela Den defended him to remove the obligation to history, emphasizing that “all knowledge and skills of history are distributed from 1st Basic to Middle II, and in III and IV Medium adds the subject of education Citizen, who given his approach should be taught by history teachers. ”
The authority added that “students will have more choices to choose from in accordance with their interests. This will allow them to motivate them more with their studies and to promote a transition towards higher education (…) We have pointed out that the effort is to train students who know how to cope as responsible citizens, able to communicate effectively, and develop skills for the 21ST century. ”
Debate on Twitter
On Twitter, the decision provoked a deep stir. The Communist deputy Daniel Núñez described as a “profound error” the measure and announced that “we will study actions to reverse this deep mistake”, while authors such as Jorge Baradit – author of The saga The Secret History of Chile-reflected: “Eliminate Hours of history is another step in this error of considering education as specific training for the production of unconscious “experts”. Education is to be better people, integrally! Not specific parts in a production line. ”
The word history became trending topic and the Ministry also deployed to counteract the uneasiness in social networks. At the counter we publish a survey consulting readers if they agree with this controversial amendment. At 14 hours, the results were appalling, and 96% on Facebook (out of a total of 4,700 votes) and 93% on Twitter (out of a total of 2,213 votes) was pronounced against the decision.
The issue is that – as reported by the Dynamo-in the Mineduc, officials were asked to vote to reverse the adverse outcome in this survey. “Directly, a journalist of the team requested it in the chat of WhatsApp of the Mineduc where are the associated services, like the Junaeb, the Junji and the Integra network”, indicates this medium.
Summons to Congress
In the political sphere, deputy DC Mario Venegas, member of the Committee on Education of the Chamber, called the change “worrisome” and announced that it will cite the National Council of Education to the instance “to explain to us what were the criteria and Fundamentals that were considered for this decision, and in general, for all this curricular change. ”
In relation to what happens with the history branch, the parliamentarian said that “we are concerned because it represents an escalation of weakening the presence of the social and humanist Sciences of the formation of our students. History and geography is essential for young people to be able to know their own history, to recognize the space in which we develop and to project ourselves to the future, especially not to make mistakes that have affected our country again. In my opinion, it’s a very bad decision. ”
UDI Concerned about physical education
In the UDI, while some members expressed concern about other measures, it reduced to 2 hours physical education classes in 3 and 4 medium.
Parliamentarians Juan Manuel Fuenzalida and Celso Morales indicated that it is “tremendously counterproductive to make this type of change”, especially considering that “Chile is the second nation with more people overweight according to the OECD, being surpassed only By the U.S. where 40% of the population suffers from obesity.
“It hurts young people who need to exercise for more hours per week (..) The levels of obesity in our country are alarming, and we must work on that avoiding sedentariness, “they said, so they placed the National Council of Education” to reconsider this proposal that nothing contributes to the health and weight of our children and youth. ”