the luxury of thinking





Well, nothing, it’s more than said. And yet, it seems that there will be no going back. From very illustrious and varied tribunes, with diverse approaches, compelling reasons have been given. As soon as one has shown interest, one will have noticed the future consequences and, by now, will be fully aware of the present evidence. Because this comes from afar. It is not something improvised. And we would even consider it part of a perverse plan, a masterful Machiavellian machination, if we were not afraid of sinning generously, by granting its authors such capabilities (Diego Garrocho pointed it out in a splendid Third, a few days ago).

The Celaá law is the culmination of a continuous nonsense that attempts, without complexes, against the very core of any educational project.

This is not hyperbole, I assure you. Beyond the acquisition of knowledge, above the development of skills, and very far from the systematic overcoming of endless evaluative checks; the educational task is a slow and laborious process that leads to personal maturation. Or what is the same, a path whose goal is fFormation of true citizens with decision-making capacity, with a balanced critical sense, with sufficient resources to creatively face the individual and collective challenges posed by the present, with the competence to argue their own opinions, and with solid references, in the various fields of knowledge, to be able to respond not only to the how but also to the because S.

The elimination of the ESO Philosophy is the last link in a long chain of political decisions on education that have been curtailing the deployment of a consistent training proposal. Will the opinion of teachers with years of experience and prestige in their areas of knowledge ever be heard? Or will they continue to legislate by way of occurrence and quotas of ideology? Little hope remains when what has been stolen from secondary education is nothing more and nothing less than that fundamental first contact with a discipline that teaches us to think. Could it be that they consider it a superfluous luxury?

Ángel Arias Urrutia, director of the Degree in Humanities at CEU-San Pablo University

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