Spain’s new PP government has removed a controversial civic responsiblity course from the school curriculum, much to the delight of Spanish bishops.
The course, which the PSOE government made mandatory in all state and private schools five years ago, encouraged teachers to discuss secularism and the division of labour, as well as social prejudices such as racism, sexism and homosexuality.
When introduced, the course provoked outrage among some parents who argued it violated their right to educate their children according to their own beliefs.
Education Minister Jose Ignacio Wert said the course, also greatly contested by Catholic groups as ‘another attack on the family unit’ went beyond civic formation and guidelines set by the Council of Europe, creating ‘serious divisions’ in education and society.
“It became a course that was charged with indoctrination,” he said.
Wert will replace the course with another program that will teach the text of Spain’s constitution, rights and responsibilities, and ‘pluralism, liberty, democracy, and knowledge of European institutions’.