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Monday, September 17, 2007

Chavez' 'New Citizen' and The Real Meaning of "Public" Education

The below report is a perfect illustration of the evil of public education. The philosophy underlying Chavez' brazen takeover of private education in Venezuela is identical in principle to those who advocate for public education in the United States. As he explicitly states: "Society cannot allow the private sector to do whatever it wants." In other words, individuals cannot be allowed to freely decide who should teach their children. Apparently, only the "state" can decide what is best for your children (the "state" of course being Chavez and his brother). More broadly, his statement exposes the essence of Socialist philosophy, i.e., the rejection of the independent mind and the abrogation of individual rights in favor of the violence, conformity, and misery of a collectivist dictatorship. Hillary and her ilk must be pleased to have found a new friend in South America.


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened on Monday to close or take over any private school that refuses to submit to the oversight of his socialist government as it develops a new curriculum and textbooks.

"Society cannot allow the private sector to do whatever it wants," said Chavez, speaking on the first day of classes.

All schools, public and private, must admit state inspectors and submit to the government's new educational system, or be closed and nationalized, with the state taking responsibility for the education of their children, Chavez said.

A new curriculum will be ready by the end of this school year, and new textbooks are being developed to help educate "the new citizen," said Chavez's brother and education minister Adan Chavez, who joined him a televised ceremony at the opening of a public school in the eastern town of El Tigre.

The president's opponents accuse him of aiming to indoctrinate young Venezuelans with socialist ideology. But the education minister said the aim is to develop "critical thinking," not to impose a single way of thought.

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