La educacion como objetivo y el corazon como motor.

Podran liberarse algun dia?

Desde que tengo memoria  senti  deseos de cambiar la realidad, como supongo le pasara a todos los jovenes. Para cambiar la realidad obviamente hay que conocerla. Hay dos maneras de conocerla: una, mirando lo que te rodea atentamente, otra leyendo sobre otras realidades mas lejanas. A medida que fui pasando de la adolescencia a la juventud, comence a leer y aprender sobre la triste realidad de la Argentina en la que vivia, viajaba a Chile a veces y veia casi lo mismo y lo mismo en otros paises que pude conocer en Latinoamerica. Tambien fui aprendiendo sobre otros paises, algunos que he conocido y otros que espero conocer algun dia. Siempre esa realidad de algunos pocos viviendo en barrios lujosos y muchos viviendo en lugares mas pobres o incluso miserables. Por supuesto que esa preocupacion por los pobres siempre ha sido considerada “peligrosa”por aquellos que tienen la riqueza y sus empleados. Luego, uno aprende sobre politica y formas de cambiar esa realidad e incluso llega a actuar en consecuencia. Tal vez en otro post me ponga a escribir sobre politica e ideologias pero Leer más “La educacion como objetivo y el corazon como motor.”

Vulgarization of Spanish language II by Pedro Almodovar – La vulgarizacion del idioma Castellano II por Pedro Almodovar.

Please, forgive me, I am from Spain, and I speak Spanish...and I like Oscars...

We (almost) all watched the last Oscar’s show where supposedly good and great movies, and  directors and actors, etc. receive their recognition. Beyond the fact that the Oscars is just another part of the show Hollywood creates as part of the “circus” needed to keep people entertained these hard days, it is interesting to see another example (with worldwide impact) of the vulgarization and degradation of the Spanish Language in the United States. This time the star is nothing less than a famous Spanish director: Pedro Almodovar. When the Argentine movie “El secreto de sus ojos” was chosen to receive the award, the person in charge to announce it was Pedro Almodovar. Despite the fact that Almodovar’s native language is Spanish or “Castellano” as we name it in Argentina, Almodovar (who by the way has been doing business for a long time with Hollywood with his mediocre movies) tried to hide that by pronouncing the name of the movie as he was an American native trying to speak Spanish. He was able to degradate the Spanish language by this simple act. He was ashamed to be considereded a vulgar Spanish speaker…Just another example of the vulgarization of Spanish, considered in the United States as the language of the illegal immigrants, the language of poor and vulgar people without culture and education. Thank you Almodovar for contributing to this idea.

Almodovar no sabe castellano, que lastima...

Todos, o casi todo, vimos la entrega de los Oscar donde supuestamente se premian buenas peliculas, directores, actores, etc. Mas alla del hecho de que los Oscar is simplemente otro capitulo inventado por Hollywood como parte del “circo” necesario para mantener entretenida a la gente durante estas epocas dificiles, es interesante comprobar otro ejemplo (esta vez con impacto mundial) de la vulgarizacion y degradacion del idioma Castellano en los Estados Unidos. Esta vez el protagonista es nada menos que un español y famoso director: Pedro Almodovar. Cuando el film argentino Leer más “Vulgarization of Spanish language II by Pedro Almodovar – La vulgarizacion del idioma Castellano II por Pedro Almodovar.”

Latinos or the vulgarization of Spanish Language – Latinos o la vulgarizacion del idioma Castellano (Español?)

Hablar castellano es malo?

After many years in the U.S.A. I have noticed how, at least in Texas, the Spanish Language has been vulgarized, meaning, associated (by the media in general) with vulgarity, with illegal immigrants, with lack of culture or even primitivism. Not only in schools where Spanish is almost only associated with Mexico or Central America with textbooks, vocabulary used and even Holidays and Celebrations, but also in Libraries where many books are just light novels for very uneducated people where Isabel Allende is considered the maximum. Please…!  Spanish, called “Castellano” in Argentina and some other countries, is a very rich Language with uncountable famous authors from countries other than Mexico and others than authors of supposedly “intelectual” novelist such as Isabel Allende. I do not know exactly the reason for this biased view of Spanish. I have some guessings, though. May be it is not good (meaning money) for some people to try to educate in Spanish, may be it is good to make think that English is a more “educated” language, may be it is not good to show that someone who speaks Spanish can be intelligent, or brilliant, or even beautiful (not the typical “latin” type of beauty). May be it is not good to show Spanish speakers as people who are concerned for something else other than immigration or “tacos”. There is a lots of “maybe”s. May be the reader can help me to find more…

Martin Luther King Jr., Mandela, Gandhi, etc.

Real examples to follow
Real examples to follow

En mis clases, sean del nivel que sean, siempre que hablo de valores, trato de poner ejemplos tales como los de Martin Luther King, Jr, Mandela o Gandhi y tantos otros que dedicaron su vida a la causa de la paz y a mejorar las vidas de otros. Uno de los problemas que veo en Estados Unidos, especialmente en su sistema educativo, es la tendencia a tomar como ejemplos de heroes a policias o militares. No me gusta poner como ejemplos a quienes usan la violencia para solucionar problemas.

In my classes, at any level, and when we talk about values, I always bring examples such as those of Martin Luther King, Jr, Mandela or Gandhi, among others, who dedicated their lives to the cause of peace and to improve the lives of others. One of the problems I see in the USA, specially in its educative system, is the tendency to take militaries and policemen as examples of heroes and values. I do not like to take those who use violence to solve problems as a model to follow.