No dia em que os professores em Portugal, pelo menos a maioria deles, realizou mais uma greve a favor da manutenção dos seus privilégios de classe, reafirmando o seu total desprezo pelos valores da vida em sociedade e dos princípios da democracia e da Escola Pública, neste mesmo dia, Barack Obama o presidente-eleito americano que amanhã toma posse, foi fazer uma jornada de trabaho voluntário a pintar umas paredes num centro de recolha de jovens...e escreveu uma emocionante carta às suas próprias filhas e que aqui transcrevo em parte:
"Dear Malia and Sasha,
I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I also know that it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey. When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me-about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation. I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential-schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college-even if their parents aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity"
Traduzo apenas esta última frase:
"Quero que elas, as crianças americanas, tenham a oportunidade de estudarem em universidades mesmo que os seus pais não sejam ricos"
Aqui em Portugal estes professores estão apenas interessados na manutenção dos seus privilégios de classe, absurdos, obsoletos e egoístas. Estão-se realmente nas tintas para os pobres, os excluídos, e apenas defendem os seus interesses mesquinhos.
Estes professores que temos, e que pagamos a preço internacional, apenas promovem o insucesso escolar e a reprodução de mais, e mais, e mais, desigualdades e exclusões.
Os outros que se danem. É o seu lema.
Ao que chegámos!