- Education for Citizenship (Spain)
Education for the Citizenship and Human rights is the name of a subject designed for the last cycle of Primary Education and all Secondary education in
Spainintroduced by the government of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. This subject was born upon a recommendation of the Council of Europethat states the necessity of education for citizenship, in order to promote civic and human values. Conservative elements in Spain have opposed this subject especially the Catholic Church. [ [http://www.elpais.com/articulo/sociedad/Obispos/animan/recurrir/todos/medios/legitimos/Educacion/Ciudadania/elpepusoc/20070621elpepusoc_4/Tes Los Obispos animan a recurrir a "todos los medios legítimos" contra la Educación para la Ciudadanía · ELPAÍS.com ] ]
Several sectors as the conservative
People's Party (Spain)and progressive Movements of Pedagogical Renovationhave opposed the introduction of this subject. Although outstanding leaders of the Catholic Church have been against it, erasing it of totalitarian [ [http://www.libertaddigital.com/noticias/noticia_1276303988.html Libertad Digital: Monseñor Cañizares denuncia que Educación para la Ciudadanía llevará a la sociedad "cuesta abajo hacia el totalitarismo" ] ] other sectors such as CEAPA (The Spanish Confederation of Student's Parents) do not see with bad eyes the subject, understanding that the curriculum proposed by the government does not overflow the mere education of the most elementary Human rights. In some chartered catholic schools parents exist who have asked for the conscience objection before the new subject [ [http://www.elpais.com/articulo/madrid/Objetores/Educacion/Ciudadania/elpepuespmad/20070419elpmad_9/Tes Objetores de Educación para la Ciudadanía · ELPAÍS.com ] ] . This group received high publicity especially by the Spanish but as September 2007 only 80 students have been asked for conscientious objection.
The government of the Valencian Country has introduced the English language in this subject. So, valencian students are going to study this subject only in English.
* [http://www.ciudadania.profes.net/ver_apartado.aspx?id=4124 Curriculum of Education for the Citizenship and the Human rights]
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