The new Brazilian government will begin the revision of school textbooks for all public schools.
President Jair Bolsonaro has announced (via Twitter) that all information pertaining to LGBTQ and the feminist movement will be taken out of the South American nations’ curriculum and official plan to have more school run by the military.
Like President Trump, Bolsonaro announced his plans via a tweet prior to his inauguration on January 1. The erasure is being touted as a necessary move to improve education. “One of the goals to get Brazil out of the worst positions in international education rankings is to combat the Marxist rubbish that has spread in educational institutions,” Bolsonaro stated.
According to the Program for International Student Assessment – Brazil’s placed 63 out of 72 countries and regions in 2015, which places Brazil as one of the highest percentages of adults who lack a high school education.
Critics of the governments plan state that more resources and a raising educator’s wages instead of revising textbook are necessary to improve the international rankings. Most public schools in Brazil lack running water, sewage, and electricity.
Bolsonaro cites the education crisis as a reason to crack down on LGBTQ history and violence women topics. He has a long history of racism, misogyny, and homophobia. For example, one of his first acts as president was to remove LGBTQ concerns from the list of issues handled by the human rights ministry.
Bolsonaro has criticized “gender-based ideology,” stating that it threatens Brazil’s Christian values. He has also said that he would rather have a dead son than a gay one. He has also compared indigenous people to animals and if that wasn’t enough stated that a female legislator was too ugly to be raped.
During his inauguration speech, he said that he was freeing his country from socialism and would protect children from “gender ideology”. Bolsonaro’s appointee all appear to share his far-right stances.
It appears that Brazil is moving backward and on the path towards a fascist country!