The cover of the booklet that Suteba distributed in schools
Together for Change today denounced a new attempt at indoctrination in Buenos Aires schools. This time the complaint of the national deputy Alejandro Finocchiaro, who presented a project of repudiation resolution, arose from a booklet distributed by the Unified Union of Education Workers of Buenos Aires (SUTEBA) to commemorate in the classrooms the 45 years of the first round of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo.
On April 30, the 45th anniversary of the first round of the Mothers was celebrated. For the anniversary, Suteba, the union led by Roberto Baradel, sent schools a work guide for the three levels -initial, primary and secondary-. The proposals range from songs “to listen and dance with families” aimed at children at the initial level to Hebe de Bonafini’s videos for teenagers going through high school.
In the material you can hear questions about “neoliberalism”, the “business world”. According to the opposition, the guide does not reflect the spirit of the date. They affirm that the values of democracy and plurality are overshadowed by the rejection of the dissident gaze and that it is equated to the efforts of democratic governments with the last military dictatorship.
“In the booklet for teachers, the rejection of all kinds of authoritarianism is expressed. However, several of the elements do not highlight the non-negotiable value of life or democratic coexistence, quite the contrary. Any dissident view is contested, associating it with the horror of the last military dictatorship, and the efforts of the non-Kirchnerist democratic governments are related to those that assaulted the institutions by force. Nothing more totalitarian,” explained Finocchiaro.
Instructions for initial and primary level
The guide was distributed mainly in the schools of Lanús, but it was made available to all the municipalities of Buenos Aires. Already on previous dates, such as March 24 or April 2, Together for Change had also denounced indoctrination attempts due to the material that had reached the classrooms.
In the new draft declaration that was sent to Congress, there is talk of an “ideological appropriation” of the date. “To express the strongest repudiation and deep concern for the production and dissemination of material to work in the classroom by the SUTEBA union, within the framework of the 45th anniversary of the first round of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, held on May 30 April, a vile attempt at indoctrination and ideological appropriation of the events that occurred in our country in the 1970s,” the statement warns.
The project headed by Finocchiaro is also signed by other deputies: María Eugenia Vidal, Cristian Ritondo, Karina Banfi, Maximiliano Ferraro, Ana Romero, Waldo Wolff, Karina Bachey, María Sotolano, Alfredo Schiavon, Claudio Poggi, Pedro Galimberti, Florencia Klipauka, Dina Rezinovsky, Mario Barletta, Laura Rodríguez Machado, Pablo Torello, Graciela Ocaña, Rogelio Frigerio, Sabrina Ajmechet, Gabriela Lena, Juan Martín Musacchio, María Luján Rey, Ingrid Jetter, Gerardo Cipolini, Alberto Asseff, Adrián Ascárate, Soher El Sukaria, Aníbal Tortoriello , María de las Mercedes Joury and Álvaro González.
Deputy Alejandro Finocchiaro heads the draft resolution (Credit: Santiago Saferstein)
“As we have already seen in other student work proposals for different significant dates of the recent past or events of our situation, Suteba appropriates collective values and achievements and manipulates their interpretation, using them to try to capture wills on open controversies that have nothing to do with the events that it intends to commemorate”, detailed Finocchiaro, who also repudiated the materials and slogans prepared to work in class on dates such as March 24 or April 2.
Although the preparation of the guide was in charge of Suteba, the opposition also blamed the government of Axel Kicillof for allowing this material to reach the classrooms. “It is even more serious that a political-union organization has reached the classrooms violating the rights of the boys. Materials and classroom dynamics cannot arrive at the school without the authorization of the Ministry of Education. For this reason, the same repudiation and greater concern is generated by the action or omission of the government that endorsed its dissemination,” added the deputy.
Along the same lines, Finocchiaro rejected seeking to “format” the subjectivity of the students. “Doing so, in addition to being a dirty trick, violates the National Education Law, which among its first objectives has ‘deepen the exercise of democratic citizenship, respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.’ These days he justifiably scandalized us by the show ‘Neoliberalism never again’, a crude attempt by the Human Rights Secretariat to demonize opposition figures and parties. This is worse, a sample is entered and left voluntarily. At school, these factions operate on a captive and inferior audience. That, and the systematic nature of the actions are clear examples of indoctrination.”
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