Create an elite of students in public schools, a project that has not stopped after a decade of experimentation

The idea of ​​creating an elite student body in public schools has had its ups and downs since Madrid President Esperanza Aguirre (PP) first dreamed it up more than a decade ago. The trial of grouping students with the highest grades was carried out under the veil of criticism in the community of Madrid, and in the following years it was tried to be repeated in several communities. Castilla y León and Murcia are the only ones, along with the ideological cradle of the project, to maintain it after ten years of experimentation. There are approximately 3,000 students between the three areas. Castilla-La Mancha and the Community of Valencia tested the model but abandoned it.

“We believe in equal opportunities, but not equal results.” Leveling down is the most damaging thing in life.” Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the current regional president, said these words at the tenth anniversary ceremony of the Baccalaureate of Excellence. It also featured the director of IES San Mateo, the only public institution in Spain dedicated to teaching students with an average grade of eight. “We don’t force anyone to come. […] We are not dividing the separation, but uniting a group of people: the elderly who want to teach and the children who want to learn,” defended Horacio Silvestre, a Latin professor handpicked for the position by Aguirre and his then education minister, Lucia. Figar, in 2012.

Source: El Diario

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