Ayuso is left alone in her judicial war against the high school curriculum: the rest of the PP autonomies will not appeal

The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has left the rest of the autonomous governments of the PP out of the game to open a new pulse with the president of the Government, Pedro Sánchez. The Madrid Executive has announced this Monday that it will appeal to the Supreme Court the high school curriculum, which it considers “full of left-wing mantras.” A decision that the conservative leader personally transferred to the president of her party, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, and that he has endorsed, but that the popular governments of Galicia, Castilla y León, Andalusia and Murcia have not supported (whose executive has not clarified his position , although no resource had been registered at the time of publication of this article). “I am president of Madrid above the PP”, Díaz Ayuso summed up at a press conference in which she stressed that she has no problem maintaining a strategy that is different from that of her party.

Since Ayuso came to power in August 2019, his clashes with the central government have been constant. After exploring the clashes in the field of taxation, the economy, the management of the pandemic, the economy, or international politics, it is now the turn of education.

Thus, Ayuso is considering appealing the new university law to the Constitutional Court. He has also tried to neutralize the content that he does not like in the ESO and Baccalaureate decrees. He has challenged the Executive by betting on limiting the number of suspensions with which he passes the course. And now, coinciding with two defeats before the courts, which has paralyzed the Madrid decree that regulates the evaluation in ESO and baccalaureate and a circular so that the directors of Secondary do not prepare the blocks of subjects according to their pedagogical criteria, it takes a new step . This step involves appealing the high school decree to the Supreme Court, with the aim of having it provisionally suspended and for the course to start with the same books as last year.

“Our government is not going to shut up,” said Ayuso. “We want to state that the debate on something so important, which was conceived during the pandemic and without consensus, cannot be silenced. The weakest government in democracy – in reference to that of Pedro Sánchez – should not destroy the education of all Spaniards in this way (…). They are blowing up the framework on which Spanish coexistence is based”, he argued. “We contemplate how he transforms society to make it his own”, he has charged. “It is instrumentalizing [a la juventud] before a present of crisis, of drugs and addictions, and before a future that is yet to be made”.

But the rest of the regions governed by the PP have chosen silence, from which it follows that their presidents do not share such a serious analysis. Neither Andalusia, nor Castilla y León, nor Galicia will present an appeal, as confirmed to this newspaper. For its part, Murcia had not done so either at the time this article was published, although a spokesperson has not clarified whether it will do so later and has applauded “any action” aimed at correcting “the ideological madness” that, in his opinion, supposes the state decree.

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Thus, the PP has not formed the regional common front with which it usually faces this type of controversy. And despite its loneliness, the Community of Madrid does not rule out going to the Constitutional Court if the Supreme Court does not attend to its request to decree precautionary measures for the start of the 2022-2023 academic year, which will be in September.

“This Monday is the last day to present this appeal and therefore we are forced to make a decision,” said Díaz Ayuso to justify that Madrid has been the only region to appeal the state decree. “It is more a question of extreme necessity”, he has continued. “The PP respects that each autonomous community makes its own decisions on matters within its own powers,” he added. And she has underlined: “I am president of Madrid above the PP. The representation of all the citizens of Madrid transcends the initials of the parties. If the PP approved a general increase in taxes… We have no other options because the term to present the appeal ended this Monday”.

For her part, the general secretary of the PP, Cuca Gamarra, expressed on Monday the “absolute support” of the party’s national leadership for Madrid’s decision, without analyzing what explains why no other popular government has taken the step ( “it is the communities that are legitimized”), and taking the opportunity to denounce that “indoctrination must be left out of the classroom.”

A line of argument that Enrique Ossorio, the Madrid Minister of Education, has also followed. “He is full of left-wing mantras”, he has said about the decree that regulates the Baccalaureate curriculum, of which he criticizes the use of expressions such as “silenced and omitted protagonists of history [en referencia a las mujeres]”; “Memory policies in Spain [sobre la Ley de Memoria Histórica]”; “The Second Republic and the democratic transformation of Spain”; or “reformist and democratizing process of the Second Republic”. The regional Executive also disfigures the use of concepts such as “gender roles”, “digital ethical citizenship”, “democratic memory”, “climate emergency”, “sustainable development goals”, “the colonial heritage in contemporary Spain” or ” national identities”.

Although the regional Executive has explained that it does not raise a similar appeal on the ESO decree not to prosecute education, the truth is that Ayuso’s team has found in the courts a preferential way to settle their discrepancies with the central government. Thus, Madrid has already brought to justice the deliveries on account of 2019 (it considers that it is missing 54 million), the VAT settlement of December 2017, the distribution of European funds, or decisions related to the pandemic such as that the region does not It will go with the rest to the first phase of de-escalation.

Ayuso’s bet, therefore, is clear. There is less than a year left for the municipal and regional elections of May 2023, in which the conservative leader will try to achieve an absolute majority that will drive the PP in Madrid to recover the cities that the PSOE currently governs (Alcalá de Henares, Alcorcón, Leganés , Getafe…). And since she came to power, the president herself has seen how her public notoriety, political relevance and electoral pull have grown in parallel to her constant clashes with the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez. Thus, Ayuso resorts again to this successful formula. Even if she leaves the rest of the autonomous governments of the PP out of the game.

The concepts that Madrid criticizes for high school

The Community of Madrid has sent a document to the media in which it summarizes the concepts that it wants to eliminate or reduce in Baccalaureate, since, in its opinion, “they imply a very important ideological burden” and “do not contribute to acquiring the skills ”. Are these:

  • History of Spain. “The Bourbon dynasty introduced administrative centralism, identity diversity, identities that have to do with national feeling, multiple identities, national and regional identities, identity plurality or resilient citizenship.” Also concepts such as “sustainable development goals, climate emergency, improvement of humanity and the planet, digital ethical citizenship, global citizenship, essential ethical attitudes of 21st century citizenship, commitment to sustainability, or solutions consistent with ethics and commitment to sustainability”. And in the same way, terms such as “mechanisms of domination, control, subordination and submission; gender relations and make their presence visible in history, diachronically study the role that women have had, silenced and omitted protagonists of history, gender roles, literary and artistic sources in gender studies or the colonial heritage in the Contemporary Spain”.
  • Math. “The analysis of the solutions obtained in the resolution of a problem enhances critical reflection, reasoning and argumentation, considering in addition to mathematical validity different perspectives such as sustainability, responsible consumption, equity, non-discrimination or equal treatment. gender”.
  • Applied mathematics to social sciences. Show “a positive and persevering attitude, accepting and learning from reasoned criticism when dealing with different situations of learning mathematics, respecting the emotions and experiences of others, listening to their reasoning, identifying the most favorable social skills and fostering group wellness and healthy relationships.”
  • Chemistry. “Participate actively in the collective and evolutionary construction of scientific knowledge, in their daily and close environment, to become active agents in the dissemination of scientific thought; the skeptical approach to scientific and technological information and the enhancement of the preservation of the environment and public health, economic development and the search for an egalitarian society”.

With information from Cristina Huete, Eva Saiz, Juan Navarro and Cristina Vazquez.

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