Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Blackboard jungle

I had a call yesterday afternoon from a reporter at The Australian newspaper.

The reporter wanted to know what I thought about an article that appears in the latest issue of a journal published by the South Australian branch of the Australian Education Union, the country's largest teaching union.

Essentially, the article praises the Cuban education system, implying that Australian school officials could learn a thing or two from the Castro regime. I kid you not.

According to the article, Cuban classes are small, teachers well-trained and all schooling is free. Oh yes, teachers are supposed to "reinforce Communist values", but let's not worry too much about that, OK?

And the source for the article? Well, information provided by Gilda Chacon, a senior Communist Party official who visited Adelaide recently and who also happens to be a high ranking propagandist for the communist-controlled Cuban Labour Federation - the one and only legal trade union on the island.

Even more depressing is the fact that the State president of the AEU, Andrew Gohl, backed the claims made in the article.

Mr Gohl told The Australian: "The fact that education in Cuba is free, compulsory and funded significantly by the Government is something all governments should aspire to".

You can read the article here.


Blogger El Gusano said...

I saw that article last night. I was dumfounded, but very glad you were there to set them straight.

10:24 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Child of the Revolution... how original.

12:09 am  
Blogger Henry "Conductor" Gomez said...

Anonymous...how original.

1:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps it's actually an apt title given that Mr Garcia was only ever a child in growing up early in on the revolutionary process and could not be expected to understand the challenges facing a country going through such tremendous social change.

Perhaps it's just disappointment at ending up in a greedy, capitalist country like Australia. Poor guy.

6:31 pm  
Blogger Henry "Conductor" Gomez said...

Spoken like a true vicarious communist if I ever heard one.

3:26 am  
Blogger El Gusano said...


when they get the regime can supply its citizens with some toilet paper, then we can talk.

6:15 am  
Blogger Luis M Garcia said...

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9:00 am  
Blogger Luis M Garcia said...

For the record, I have no issues living in a "greedy, capitalist country like Australia". Great country. Love it.

9:03 am  

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