Brazil to Make Major Changes in Education System

voanews | February 24, 2019

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro is looking to make major changes to his country’s education system Brazilian officials recently announced plans to remove subjects related to feminism, homosexuality and violence against women from school textbooks. They say the military will take over some public schools. Bolsonaro and other officials also criticize the ideas of Paulo Freire, one of Brazil’s most famous educators. The announcement concerns many teachers and education officials. They say the government wants to fight an enemy that does not exist.Students may not find many differences as they return to school this month, but changes are on the way.For the government, the ideological battle begins with the removal of Freire’s legacy in schools. Bolsonaro and others say Freire’s way of thinking turns students into, in his words, “political militants.” They say Freire’s methods encourage students to go against traditional values such as family and the church. Bolsonaro and his education minster appear to be taking ideas on education from people like Olavo de Carvalho. De Carvalho is a Brazilian who lives in the United States and is known for his anti-globalism and anti-socialist views.Freire believed that the government has a responsibility to educate the Brazilian people, including poor farmers and those unable to read. But de Carvalho believes in reducing the government’s part in education. Instead, private or religious schools should have that responsibility.

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Introduction notes that the CSU has been offering online classes since the 1990s and currently has over 60 online degree programs. Three resolutions drafted by the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) since 2008 are cited, as are presentations on online learning in 2009 and 2010 and handouts developed by the Technology Steering Committee (TSC) and the Academic Technology Steering Committee (ATSC). Content of the following six sections of the paper is also briefly discussed.

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Introduction notes that the CSU has been offering online classes since the 1990s and currently has over 60 online degree programs. Three resolutions drafted by the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) since 2008 are cited, as are presentations on online learning in 2009 and 2010 and handouts developed by the Technology Steering Committee (TSC) and the Academic Technology Steering Committee (ATSC). Content of the following six sections of the paper is also briefly discussed.

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rimini street | August 24, 2022

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Schneider Electric | July 13, 2022

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