## Tuesday, May 31, 2016 ... //

### At school, teaching diminishes and brainwashing grows

Interview with Václav Klaus Jr, the ODS shadow minister of education, the (former?) principal of Czechia's top high school PORG, and a son of the ex-president

Via vklm.cz, Echo24, and The Invisible Dog

At Czech schools, the teaching fades away...
...while the brainwashing increases.

In this era of a strong economy, education is becoming the most sensitive topic for Sobotka's government. The education minister Ms Catherine Valachová, a representative of the progressivist wing of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD), is arriving with a whole spectrum of reforms and moves. Among them, the most passionate reactions are ignited by her plan to move moderately retarded children from special schools to the ordinary basic schools – the so-called inclusion. Dr Václav Klaus Jr (46) is formulating the resistance most clearly.

What is the key problem of the Czech education system? Is there something important that is being overshadowed by the inclusion?

I will use a flowery language but the Echo Weekly's readers are intelligent: the main problem surely isn't the inclusion itself but the general loss of fundamental values. Every year, the Czech taxpayers pay some \$6 billion for the young generation to learn something, to acquire skills and prowess. However, the focus on the skills and prowess is beginning to evaporate. The New Left is attempting to extend the time that people spend at schools. Now, some schooling is already mandatory since the age of 5, they would ideally move it to 2 years of age and make it continue to the age of 26 or so. It means that between those 8 and 15-17 years of age, nothing is important because everyone will continue with some additional types of schools, anyway. At Czech schools, nothing is being measured, we only have the final state high school exam where 1/4 of students fails in mathematics, we have tons of high schools where 1/2 of the kids fail in the final exam. Nothing is happening. Only additional amounts of money are being poured to the system but nothing is being solved and nothing really matters. I call it a loss of the values. Naturally, certain groups find it very convenient for the school system to become this hodgepodge, a juggernaut that makes it easy to exploit the schools to control the society or to send something from the education ministry's budget to the allied organizations.

Let us talk about the controlling of the society through the schools.

When I was young, communism was living through its final years. Obviously, even schools reflected the leading role of the communist party. At the college, we would study the history of the international movement of workers and similar topics. After the Velvet Revolution, the indoctrination disappeared for a while. But these days, all the ideologies are back again, at least in the cross sectional subjects. In one way or another, these ideologies influence the teaching process, appear in the questions during the final high school exams, in the specialized activities of the high school students, and lots of "clever" people are organizing contests with these topics. Children are not learning. Instead, they are working on projects about this or that.

Can you give us examples?

It is primarily the love towards the European Union. The bill on schools literally says that the EU is a role model for the transnational integration processes. It is the bill on schools that was pushed through by Ms Petra Buzková but which is being modified every year. Sometimes, they add a ban on cottage cheese with cream (Pribiňáček, a traditional Czechoslovak product) in the school canteens. Later, they add a comment about the gender. The third "improvement" is a tougher language about the environmentalist insanities. The result is that the children are celebrating the Earth Day and are running around schools with banners saying that – let me pick a random example – furcoats are death. Lots of things are being done that have little to do with the kids' education but a lot to do with the ideology.

Was Ms Petra Buzková at the beginning of the "revolution" you mentioned?