Connect Euranet es una red de radios en línea que vincula todas las emisoras universitarias de Europa, para fomentar el europeísmo y el debate democrático. Hace unos días me entrevistó para uno de sus programas la joven periodista catalana Carla Llamas, corresponsal de esta red, bajo el tema de Education in crisis: What Spanish university teachers say about their role.
En la página de Facebook de Connect Euranet, Carla impulsa el debate sobre el asunto, y yo hago hincapié sobre algunas cuestiones que van más allá de la entrevista difundida:
“No education, no democracy at all – that is what Professor Gabriel Jaraba answered to Carla Llamas Peña, our Connect.Euranet student representative of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, when she asked him about the future of universities if governments keep cutting down budgets on education — as it’s happening in Spain. Well, let her first give you the idea, and you then tell her what you think in comments afterwards. This is how she remembers what Prof Jaraba said – he will possibly also suggest refinements of his words, he was invited to choin this Facebook commentary chat”.
“Here prof. Jaraba; thank you very much indeed for your kind attention and comments. I think the point is what Francisco Sequeiro says: University does not only produce professionals but citizens as well. Shortings in public education are equal to restrict high education to a small bunch of future corporate executives. We need to remember that the actual crisis is not produced by public budgets but by irresponsible financial ventures out of democratic control, by money that doesn’t produce industrial goods but private profit. So, shortings in education are not a responsible decision related with the control of the crisis but a strategy oriented to diminish the democratic rights of the citizenship”.