formal education and social inclusion processes

La educación formal y los procesos de inclusión social

Since the beginning of the process of schooling universal and compulsory in Spain, makes just 200 years, a central goal of the school institution has been to achieve the skills all children to achieve their integration in the society. To achieve schooling in total has been a huge effort of the whole society, which has had queatender the major economic constraints of such company and also vencerdiversas social resistance. These resistors have been derived from the classes high, who saw no need to invest too much in the education of lasclases social low, and also their own lower classes, which they considered to waive the contribution of children to the family economy.

It is not surprising that the schooling a complete failure in reality until the end of the sixties of the last century. Now, even this objective is achieved, surface important issues that put into question the real contribution of the school to the consolidation of a democratic society. On the one hand, school failure is still somewhat too high, which indicates that around 30% of students do not reach the minimum objectives expected. On the other hand, the school does not seem to guarantee the equality of opportunities that is based on their social legitimacy. The social class and cultural remains a factor strongly predictive of academic success, which raises the question of meritocracy and social mobility.

If we want a school that actually contributes to the growth and consolidation of a democratic society, it seems necessary to reflect rigorously on the current problems. Following an approach that is increasingly hearing among education professionals and among citizens in general, perhaps esllegado the time to overcome the axis formed by the equality of opportunities and meritocracy, and pass to another in which the principal performs the processes of inclusion. Only to the extent that the school break the vicious circle formed by the social exclusion and school failure, which they feed very harmful, we can aspire to a society in which the demand for freedom, equality and solidarity is something more than empty rhetoric.

This number is intended, therefore, to reflect on the processes of exclusion and inclusion,adopting a global approach on the whole education system without renouncing to enter in the analysis of more concrete aspects. The economism that prevailed in our political life, and the exaltation of the excellence understood in a very restrictive and at the same time elitist, make it difficult to seriously address a school model focused on social inclusion and in the formation of democracy. This last, however, is the most appropriate strategy to initiate effective resolution of the current problems of education.


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