Letters: The difficulties for a fair selectivity

The format of the future selectivity is not yet known and it is already characterized as an ‘epidemic of easyism’.

Regardless of how the new exam is, its introduction will specify the teaching of ESO and high school much more than the laws, because the teaching will adapt to the test, and if there are no subjects such as Syntax in the test, its teaching will disappear, which perhaps it is necessary, but also the rigor with which Philosophy will be taught, or much worse, English. There are other ends that must be unraveled, such as the correction. Those tests that in the current exam are not based on the reproduction of topics such as parrots, are not easy for the students, I will refer to the Language commentary, which is given as an example of induction of knowledge and implicit skills of the students. Its correction is a mess for any corrector, and not because there are no criteria, but because between the criteria suggested by the university coordinator and how much the student has written to be marked, there are all possibilities, and often in order not to harm the student corrector goes to the average score, because a correction adjusted to the criteria is very difficult to achieve, and if the mark were made it would be much lower, and there is no corrector today who dares to such a bell. If the new system does not avoid the disorder of the correction, to which these open tests predispose, we will be in the same situation, an exam that will not be selective but a kind of lottery, which is not reached by tenths, causing discouragement, more if it is known that those tenths are sometimes random from the centers. Every day, given the difficulty of correcting fairly, I am inclined to each university center make their own selectivity, although influences will not be avoided, especially names or money.

Javier Fatás Onion ZARAGOZA


Commenting as a subtitle on the news of the discovery of the bust of Cajal, HERALDO maintains (Tuesday, July 26, p. 11) that “Zaragoza settles its debt with the Nobel Prize.” Now here near. Humanity is heir to the enormous fortune that Servet, Cajal, Fleming, Pasteur, Plato, Riemann or Einstein and a thousand more bequeathed to us. That debt will never be paid off. Another thing is that we leave in the city a physical symbol of our recognition. That honors us, improves our collective appreciation, makes others appreciate us, appeases our bad conscience. But we are not even jokingly at peace.

Javier Turrion Berges


The four hundred euros

The idea of ​​awarding a prepaid card of 400 euros to young people who are lucky enough to now be 18 years old, who would catch them!, would even seem good to me if it were not for one of these three reasons: First, it is discriminatory, since To encourage young people, a broader age range should have been taken, let’s say from 18 to 25, since they are studying and still do not work, reducing the number, but reaching more people. Second, it is exclusive in its final destination, it is to spend on culture: books, theater and cultural products, which have had such a bad time during the pandemic, but because we leave out other sectors such as restaurants, leisure, local commerce, etc. . And third, it is populist and electoralist, because they are going to do exactly what they criticize about other policies, they are going to give it to everyone, regardless of the socioeconomic condition of the beneficiaries, coffee for everyone, for the fact of being lucky enough to have born in 2004, perfect. And perhaps the moment is not the most appropriate, given that we are going to enter a slowdown, but it is true that if not, it would never be done. Therefore, if it serves to revitalize the world of culture, entertainment and art, I would not consider it an expense but rather an investment, if it is done well. But I had to share my thoughts and doubts because it was something so new and unique.

Luis Solanas Onion


The little things

Elephants are afraid of bees, and it seems incredible, but it’s true, because when they get stung inside the trunk, the pain is unbearable. Just the buzz is enough to make the elephants run away. So to keep elephants away from farms, because of the great damage they cause, the zoologist Lucy King has proposed a chain of hives at a distance of 10 m around a field, and it is effective. Bees help pollinate crops and are a source of additional income for farmers who extract honey. The damage of a bee sting has been suffered by more than one of us. The Italian epigraph that decorated the insignia of the Order of the Bee reads: “Though small, it wounds greatly.” Yes, little things are important in our life. I, who have worked in the construction industry, understand very well this thought of the Aragonese saint Josemaría Escrivá: «Have you seen how they built that building of imposing grandeur? One brick and another. Thousands. But, one by one. And bags of cement, one by one. And ashlars that mean little compared to the mass of the whole. And pieces of iron, workers who work, day after day, the same hours. Did you see how they raised that building of imposing grandeur? By dint of small things!». This is life, the actions of people are small things and the field is immense, like life. Even love, the great thing in life, is lived most of the time with small things: a cheerful smile, a soft kiss to the loved one. A thanksgiving for that detail of service that the woman, a son, a relative, a friend has given us…

Teofilo Marco Estella


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Letters: The difficulties for a fair selectivity