Gregorio Lurie, politically correct boys and girls

educator and philosopher Gregory Lurie maintains his particular private lesson. School is a place of learning and, true, it requires hard work and dedication of the boys and girls who go to school. Faced with a trend going in the opposite direction that claims “fun” in schools, with a change of language, Lurie keeps his smile and points out that it is not in his spirit to criticize anyone, but for the same reason, He insists not be punished. “I want it to be respected when some of us say boys and girls”he points out after the question about the minister’s grades Irene Monterofrom United We Can, what a difference between “girls, boys and children”.

It is a vision that differs from the alt-left, United We Can or the Commons in Barcelona, ​​which, with mayor Ada Colau at its head, promotes various measures to correct the “language” or defends masculinity seminars to re-educate men.

The Mayor of Barcelona Ada Colau / EUROPA PRESS

Lurie, in an interview for the program Converse by Cadena Cope, featuring metropolis, believes that all this change in language called “inclusive” may respond to fashion or the projects of the alt-left of a political nature, but what matters is to maintain the path drawn by educators who still care from knowledge. “Effort in school and desire for knowledge later produce great satisfaction, an intellectual pleasure like few othersand that cannot be lost. It applies to memory for example. We need to cultivate memory, we may need more things, of course, but knowledge starts from memory, from what we have preserved, from what we know”, he assures.


All laid out by Gregorio Lurie, who just posted The Axis of the World, the Conquest of Self in the Spanish Golden Age (Rosamerón), confronts the trend that has marked the alternative left that has in the field of education lighthouse with the so-called Escola Nova 21. These are the so-called project schools that have taken over middle class, urban families, ideologically close to the world of commons and independence.

Lurie, also author of School is not an amusement park (Ariel), states his position: “This current in school believes that there is an easy and fun way to learn without the need to use elbows. And I believe that there is no substitute for elbows and that thinking that school can be like an amusement park is a terrible mistake, because you will have fun in the amusement park, and in school you will find a teacher who is able to make you visible the most – the good version of yourself. About this idea, Lurie wonders, “How many students have failed because no one made their best version visible to them?”

On his Twitter account, Lurie, who is very active in the debate about the school, argued that a teacher today usually has his skills in many areas that are more present on his resume than his specialty in a particular subject: “If today he gives you his CV teacher, that is much more likely presents himself as a specialist in neuroeducation, mindfulness, multiple intelligences, or pedagogy of light… than as a math or language specialist”.


Very critical of trends, Lurie argues that those who want to have the keys to success in education should not look so much to Northern Europe, to Finland, as to the Basque Country or La Rioja, which in some respects have better results – even though there is a large presence of immigrants – than in Catalonia.

And insists that a language based on political correctness has been installed that diverts attention from important or central issues in education. Nor is it pronounced upon these workshops of Colau’s masculinity –although he speaks of the necessary “courage and courage” as concepts that have clear meanings, nor does it criticize the continued attraction to genres. But he insists: “What I think we can say is that I hope I am not criticized for allowing me to say ‘boys and girls’ to refer to the whole school population.

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