According to Milton Ribeiro, the model does not aim to create a ‘dualism’ between school and families
The Minister of Education, Milton Ribeiro, went back to advocating “homeschooling” projects, the home learning, but without politicization. For him, the proposal has no purpose of disqualifying the school. The model, considered one of the priorities for 2021, should be regulated by the federal government until the month of July, but it still depends on the approval of the National Congress. Proponents of the practice, which is not yet allowed in Brazil, cite religious and even political motivations. Critics, on the other hand, argue that home education undermines the quality of education.
In an audience at the Chamber of Deputies, Milton Ribeiro argued that the debate should be held without ideology. “My main concern is the issue of being politicized. We are not trying to establish a dualism between school, family, disparaging teachers. Apart from that, there is, naturally in the projects, regulation of a quarterly monitoring, another half-yearly, regarding the forwarding of the validity of this teaching. This is not, as they say, a Brazilian jabuticaba, 85% of OECD countries have already joined homeschooling ”, he said. According to Ribeiro, the Supreme Federal Court (STF) has already recognized the legality of the school model, as long as it is regulated.
The Minister for Women, Family and Human Rights, Damares Alves, reiterates that parents will have Freedom of choice. “It is the ideal forum, it is the right forum for discussion by the Chamber of Deputies. Parents have discovered that it is possible to lead the education of their children at home. And that an excellent personalized education is capable of generating excellent results ”, he affirmed. Damares Alves also classified the criticism that children and adolescents would be more susceptible to domestic violence. According to the measure, students would have systematic monitoring of schools and follow pedagogical content.
* With information from reporter Camila Yunes