The head of government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, and the city’s Minister of Education, Soledad Acuña, made official this Friday, June 10, the prohibition of inclusive language in Buenos Aires schools.
“The priority is to teach them to read and write well in schools. We need to remove the obstacles in learning. The incorrect use of Spanish causes the children to have obstacles”, said the head of the Education portfolio.
In that framework, the ban generated controversy and questions between teachers, students and political leaders from all over the country. In this case, a group of writers, artists and intellectuals spoke out against this decision, through a letter entitled “Artists, writers and intellectuals for Inclusive Language“.
“That the political and educational authorities of CABA prohibit the use of inclusive language to teachers in the classroom fills us with perplexity. In a community with needs and deficits of all kindsthat an educational policy be the ban on free expression It is, to say the least, very worrying.
Inclusive language is the one that emerges from the struggle and achievements made by women and the LGTBI+ collective. Prohibiting it in classrooms is an invitation to schools to ignore or denigrate acquired rights and those they represent. The ESI, the Gender Identity Law, the quota for transvestites, transsexuals and transgender people are not matters for debate by public officials on networks and in no way can they contradict what the State guarantees through laws of national scope. Rolling out these fundamental questions on the networks or in the media seems to respond to a proselytizing interest to demagogically satisfy the anti-rights and the most retrograde sectors of society.
That language includes us and names us all, everyone, everyone, in the classrooms, in all the official departments, is the way we win in and as a community. The richness of our language allows us to express ourselves in many ways. Inclusive language is one of them. Nobody is obliged to use it if they do not feel represented. For municipal authorities to ban it is absolutely unacceptable.”
Said letter is signed by: Claudia Piñeiro, Marcelo Piñeyro, Sergio Olguín, Selva Almada, Mercedes Morán, Mariana Enríquez, Nora Domíngez, Roque Larraquy, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Julia Magistratti, Fabiana Rousseaux, Victoria Larrosa, Eugenia Almeida, Albertina Carri, Gabriel Giorgi, Luis Sagasti, Cecilia Roth, Dolores Reyes, Gloria Peirano, Jorge Consiglio, Franco Torchia, Luciana Peker, Agustina Bazterrica, Mercedes Araujo, Soledad Vallejos, Noelia Rivero, Ezequiel Pérez, Guillermo Martínez, Adriana Kogan, Sebastián Martínez Daniell, Alejandra Zina, Marina Bellati, Gabriela Larralde , Cristian De Nápoli, Walter Lezcano, Gabriela Luzzy, Ricardo Romero, Adriana Fernández, Valentina Vidal, Enrique Viale, Mercedes Calzado, Natalia Crespo, Marcelo Figueras, Claudia Aboaf, Julieta Obedman, Débora Mundani, Laura Cukierman, Enzo Maqueira, María Inés Krimer , Cecilia Szperling, Juan Carrá, Julián López, Silvina Gruppo, Gabriela Saidon, Clara Anich, Graciela Repun, María Laura Hoyo, Julián Giordano, Sebastián Izquierdo, Marcelo Bello, Marcela Fumale, Walter Abaca, Laura Dolagaray, Cristina Aisemberg, Atilio Perín, María Raquel Resta.
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