Valencia’s bilingual education sparks controversy
Government, schools and parents debate the validity of a Spanish/English ethics course.18 September 2008
CASTELLON -- The Valencian government on Wednesday defended its decision to require all schools to teach Civic Education classes in English as well as Valencian or Spanish, despite the chaos the move has caused in classrooms across the region.
Alejandro Font de Mora, the head of the Valencian education department, said the decision to have a second teacher translate the classes into English marks a "Copernican change in the teaching of English in schools in Spain".
Critics, however, claim the measure is a protest by the conservative Valencian government against the teaching of Civic Education, a subject created by the central Socialist government that instructs students in good behaviour, ethics and touches on such controversial issues as gay marriage.
The Valencia government has translated the name of the subject into “English as Education for Citizenship and Human Rights”.
[EL Pais / José Antonio Hernández / José Comas / Expatica]