After the announcement of the Buenos Aires government regarding the regulation of inclusive language in schools, the Minister of Education of the city of Buenos Aires, Soledad Acunagave more details about the new dynamic and explained What will they do with teachers who do not comply?
“We made a resolution within the framework of a lot of decisions that we have been making for a long time, as a result of the consequences of the pandemic on students, in the wake of the drop in learning both in public and private schools,” Acuña explained in statements to Millennium FM.
The minister also stated that the goal is to make learning for students as simple as possible. “We make an innumerable number of decisions at this time that have to do with generating new opportunities, reinforcing, accelerating processes, guaranteeing that all boys and girls have the same opportunities, remove all the obstacles that may be in that process“, held.
Thus, he justified this new resolution: “One of these measures was to regulate the use of the ‘e’, the ‘x’, the ‘@’, in the classrooms by teachers at the time of teaching exercise with students and in institutional communications”.
In that sense, he explained the purpose of this measure and referred to the consequences left by the lack of classes during the pandemic: “By using it, creates an obstacle in reading comprehension and fluency, and in writing by students who are in a very critical situation”.
And he continued: “The use of these new additions that break the conventions of the language create an obstacle. If in the classroom you put in a first grade a word with an at sign, another word with an ‘x’ and another word spelled correctly, you generate confusion”.
If a teacher wants to continue using inclusive language in the classroom, the minister said he will receive a sanction. “The first thing that the leadership of that school has to do is explain to the teacher that the focus of what he does has to be on the rights of the students, not on what he or she as an adult is interested in rebelling against or against. . The focus is the boys,” she stated.
Regarding this penalty, he explained: “It is obvious that like any rule it has to be complied with and if it is not complied with, there is an administrative disciplinary process. In the same way that if a teacher chooses to evaluate with emoticons instead of numbers. I regulate the ways of evaluating. If it is not complied with, there is a sanction procedure”.
On the other hand, he assured that in the official document they do not refer to the regulations as a disqualification to use it: “The resolution does not speak of prohibition at any time. None of the measures that accompany the regulations speak of prohibition. The first part speaks of regulation of the exercise of the teaching task. The second article talks about the approval of manuals on the use of inclusive language without the need to misrepresent the Spanish language. We want the discussion about identities, visibility, denaturalization to continue. We want to reinforce the discussion with concrete elements”.
As an alternative, the portfolio led by Acuña proposes other linguistic resources to generate inclusion: “Then we say: ‘Let’s eliminate those obstacles’. This does not mean to eliminate inclusive language, the Spanish language has an infinity of resources for not using the generic masculine. We are all aware of that. Language is not neutral, it also makes invisible. I don’t feel comfortable when in a room they say: ‘Gentlemen, we are going to talk about such a topic’”.