Displaying a keen awareness of where the battle over the future of Christendom is truly taking place, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is directly attacking the Marxist humanism that has infiltrated that nation’s education system.
From Life Site News:
“On the eve of his Jan. 1 inauguration, Bolsonaro tweeted his intentions. ‘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.’ Education Minister Ricardo Velez Rodriguez vowed in his inaugural speech to end the “aggressive promotion of the gender ideology.”
Bolsonaro seems to be quite aware of the players involved with turning the schools into bastions of Marxism, citing the need to counter the influence of socialist theorist Paulo Freire.
“Bolsonaro is already feeling some pushback from Brazil’s teachers unions, who resent the president’s opposition to the legacy of leftist Paulo Freire, whose books and philosophy about education have been influential around the world. Freire, who died in 1997, was a founder of critical pedagogy. His work has been criticized for challenging traditional institutions, such as church and family, that intermediate between the state and individuals. Critical pedagogy asserts that teaching is inherently political and that the goal of education is political action and social critique.
During Bolsonaro’s presidential campaign last year, he said he wanted to go into ‘the Ministry of Education with a flamethrower to remove Paulo Freire.’ As inspiration for reforming education, Bolsonaro appears to be relying on a U.S.-based Brazilian Olavo de Carvalho, who is known for opposing socialism.”
How refreshing would it be for Trump to name publicly the theorists who are behind the Marxist infiltration of the American mind, rather than focusing on pointless feuds with unintelligent journalists like Jim Acosta and affirmative action politicians like Maxine Waters?
The influence of de Carvalho is particularly interesting, as Life Site goes on to explain that he has a wider understanding of the problems posed by humanist education:
“In contrast to Freire, who was imprisoned briefly during a dictatorship in the 1970s, de Carvalho sees an educational benefit from religious and private schools. In a video on de Carvalho’s YouTube channel, he said, ‘The government does not have to educate anyone; it is the society that has to educate itself.’ He added that he will fight to the death any proposals that the federal government is ‘the great educator.'”
The idea that the state is lawgiver, provider and teacher is the cornerstone of the Marxist globalist system. Only by directly and consciously striking at this idea can Christians overcome the current system.