Translated from Nova Resistencia.
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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – In a sense, pointing to education as a way of solving the problem of crime has become a cliché. But this is, first of all, a superficial treatment of this solution than anything else.
As we have already stated on a dozen occasions, the problem of public security and crime must be assessed by taking two approaches into account.
A short-term one, because poor people can no longer put their feet away from home and have a gun pointed at their own head, or have to keep paying the 12-month contract of a cell phone stolen by a marginal.
But as we all know, in today’s economic, social, cultural, and moral conditions, if tomorrow all criminals fall to the ground, the next day they would be replaced by a new crop of new criminals. So it is clear that solving the problem depends on a long-term approach.
And talking about a long-term approach is talking, necessarily, about education. The economic structure of society must be transformed, but even that would not suffice, and for this reason the path of education, so carefully conceived by patriots such as Brizola and Darcy Ribeiro, can no longer be seen as cliché.
Because the education we need is not merely formal, instructive, market-oriented, it has become a mere training for future slaves in the capitalist labor market. The education that we need is the one capable of socializing the youth within a culture, through the internalization of a language, a set of values, signs and symbols fundamental to the health of our society.
In this sense, we are talking about education as a civilizing tool, not only for producing “useful” people, but also for transforming children into men and women rooted in the traditions of their people – people with moral dignity, politically active, carry the civilizing flame and guide us towards our collective historical destiny.
Because an element that runs through the explosion of crime, delinquency, substance abuse, suicide, psychological disorders and various other ills of modernity that victimize young people, is the existential void of a life without meaning, without purpose: a typical of liberal societies, which refuse the state the millenarian and civilizing task of educating and guiding its own, based on encompassing and solid values.