By Wilson Risolia, leader of FALCONI Educação
On September 8, the data regarding the Development Index of Basic Education (IDEB) was released, and the result is disturbing to say the least. The previous government coined the term “pátria educadora” (“Land of Education”), but what we can understand from the published result is that the reality of Brazilian education lags far behind the proposed slogan.
Our “Land of Education” produced the following results in recent years: three cycles with a stagnant IDEB for high school; an Elementary Education II which is evolving, but cannot retain the advances of the previous stage and cannot reach the targets set by the government either; and finally, an Elementary Education I that, although still seen by many as an encouragement, it evidences the discrepancy of the reality of Brazilian schools when it achieves the feat of delivering results ranging from impressive 9.8 to a dismal 0.8.
It is noteworthy that our education system has shown some decline in enrollment numbers in all stages (except nurseries). We have 3,000,000 children and young people aged 4-17 years old out of school, almost 700,000 children between 4 and 5 years that are not served by the system.
How can we speak of a “Land of Education” in a country with such low and unstable results, so many young people excluded and with more than 12,000,000 illiterates in the XXI century?
It will not be easy to dismantle all the perverse logic of a system that was designed to not work, but it can change. Our children and youth need our indignation, our effort to change this worrying situation.
What we see today is the result of a policy that turned its back on its youth. An irresponsible and devoid of planning and state project policy, which imposed its will and its ideology to the detriment of the basic needs of our youth.
Paraphrasing the poet, I ask: What country is this? A country that does not express its indignation with the results of education? What country is this that does not occupy the streets and does not protest against this deception?
But, as they say that where there is life there is hope, we will continue our journey towards a truly quality education, with no ideologies or prejudices, in order to simply do what needs to be done.
This transformation necessarily involves the ability to draw up consistent and well-managed public policies. If we do not change how it is done, the results will not change either, and we will soon go back to “re-discussing the relationship” in 2018.
Published on Sept 20, 2016 in the newspaper O Globo.