The Classroom Door, the Frontier

Pass beyond the academic yield and discipline, the other differences, advantages and disadvantages conditioned by economic affordability or some other type, should not trespass the classroom threshold.

In many conversations among Cubans surfaces around these days the topic of the new constitution, particularly, it’s commented the proposals of articles like that of the marriage between people of equal gender, the time in office of the president and the accumulation of wealth.

The latter, contained under article number 22 of the Draft Magna Carta, which highlights that "The State regulates that there aren’t concentrations of the property by natural or no state legal people, in order to preserve the compatible limits with the socialist values of fairness and social justice. The law establishes the regulations that guarantee its effective enforcement."

The opinions on the matter are plentiful, in consultation meetings on the constitution draft, as well as in daily interactions in streets, jobs, homes...

Regardless what is finally passed in that regard after everyone’s opinion is heard, "the socialist values of fairness and social justice" will be preserved.

Therefore, now the academic year has just started, it would be worth that especially the adults, understand educators and the student's family, and let’s behave in a more deliberate and responsible way in this regard.

If that girl’s dad - the girl that now began first grade – he works on a given job, earns a certain amount of money, lives on a lush neighborhood, that should not be reason for that girl to exhibit her possibilities and, what’s worse, that she be admired for them.

It shouldn’t be like that, but it has happened. In her flashy backpack, the girl takes to the first grade classroom - because her parents made it possible - a tablet also spectacular and a cell phone with all sort of apps. She doesn't take a laptop with her because her "luggage" would be too heavy if we take into account the soda cans and snacks she takes for her and the teacher.

It’s clear that today's world is unthinkable without the new technologies, and that these are very useful tools for certain learning. But, actually is it really necessary for that girl to take to her first grade classroom the touch screen?

The answer to that question has it, in the first place, the teacher who could suggest to the mom what is really necessary and that it only becomes an expensive "decoration", with high risk of breaking or go missing.

If the teacher chooses to advise the family or start playing with the girl's tablet during recesses and lunches, will she educate doing that or not.

If the parents choose to pay attention to the Teacher, or simply decide not to pay attention "because I give my daughter whatever I want", will they educate like this or not.

But the truth is that, mainly through persuasion, the weight of reasons, each Cuban should try to keep schools free from such "contaminations". Those where privilege and admiration are won because of the content of the school backpack and not for what the student carries in his mind and soul.

We can’t do like an ostrich and hide our heads in the ground: it’s true that worse things have happened in the reality of the Island like corruption and bribing. However, the equality of opportunities has been preserved.

It doesn’t matter if one girl has a tablet or another one has a patched shoe, both have the same right to study, to be trained as workers or professional, and also to be educated people which are the most important thing. That’s why both share today the same classroom.

Nobody should not encourage neither allow the "you are as worthy as the money you have" occupies desk in front of blackboards. Because if this happens in most schools the girls with their patched shoes could never be the best, no matter how kind and well educated they were. Everything that has been done in Cuba so far it has not been for that.

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Argentina, Law against Bullying Passed in Buenos Aires

Parliamentarians from Buenos Aires passed today unanimously a law that seeks to eliminate and prevent bullying in schools.

In a special session, Buenos Aires´ parliamentarians agreed on this initiative that envisages a free telephone service to take care of this situation, amid other measures.

According to the law, bullying is all forms of abuse, physical, verbal or psychological, to which a student is subjected by one or many of the classmates.

Cyber abuse and any form of discrimination on the ground of gender, color of the skin, nationality, sexual preference are also forms of bullying, said the website El Parlamentario.

Bullying cases increased in Argentina by 33 percent this year, particularly online.

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Classes Canceled Due to Aftershock in Manabi, Ecuador

Quito, Jul 20 (Prensa Latina) The schools of Jaramijo in the Ecuadorian province of Manabi are closed due to an aftershock of last April's earthquake.

According to the Minister of Education, Augusto Espinosa, the purpose of this preventive action is to assess the state of the infrastructure of the schools located in the area of the 5.3 magnitude earthquake registered yesterday at 20:20 local time at a depth of 10 kilometers in Jaramijo.

According to official reports, no material losses or deaths were recorded, but the aftershock was felt in the cities of Montecristi, Rocafuerte and Manta, where President Rafael Correa was checking on the status of the recovery process.

'5.3 magnitude aftershock, epicenter at Manta (I'm here). No damages were reported but people are scares, of course" Correa wrote on his Twitter account.

Experts believe that the 2.250 aftershocks reported in the last 94 days are a normal phenomenon after an earthquake like the one that occurred on last April, which claimed 670 lives and left more than 30,000 homeless people.

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Ecuador to Build 100 Schools in Earthquake-Affected Area

Quito, Jul 13 (Prensa Latina) Current construction of 100 schools in the provinces of Manabi and Esmeraldas is included in the strategy "Together We Rise," designed after the earthquake on April 16 in the Ecuadorian coastal region. Of the total of educational centers, 55 will admit 1,140 students in just one day, while the 45 others will receive 570 students, Education Minister Augusto Espinosa explained.

The investment devoted to execute the so called 21st Century Educational Units exceeds $90 million USD, specified the education minister in a media conference.

According to the information, the buildings occupy one hectare and will have library, multipurpose halls, two computer laboratories and two technological laboratories.

The estimated time for the project execution in 90 days. Thus, they have planned its conclusion for October, he announced.

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War Forces 24 Million Children Out of School

UNICEF said in a report that a quarter of the children living in the world’s conflict zones have been forced to stop attending school, with children in Afghanistan, Sudan and Niger being affected the most.

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LA Schools to Reopen Wednesday after FBI Dismisses Threat

LOS ANGELES - More than 900 schools in Los Angeles Unified School District, or LAUSD, the largest system of public schools in California with more than 700,000 students, will reopen Wednesday after they were shut down Tuesday following a threat, which the FBI, finally dismissed as non-credible.

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