The Community of Madrid persists in its crusade against the Celaá Law and its curricula, which it considers to have an “ideological charge” that later materializes in textbooks. That is why it has recommended to educational centers that, for the next course that begins in September, keep the current school manuals. In a circular sent this Tuesday to educational centers, Pedro Sánchez clings to the “late approval and entry into force of the royal decrees of the Government”.

In reality, schools are not required to change textbooks because there is no law that requires the use of these materials in schools. Each teacher can use them or not depending on her interests. What is questionable is whether, with the old manuals, the contents of the Lomloe (ecofeminism, democratic memory, ethics of care…) will be able to be taught correctly.

Madrid argues that many educational centers have approached the Ministry of Education because they had doubts about the changes. And that is why he has considered “appropriate” that the books are not changed “since they are not yet complete, as they do not incorporate the definitive contributions of the Madrid Government”; that is, 40% of its curricular part.

“The late entry into force of the royal decrees of the Government has caused that, despite their urgent processing, the decrees of the Community of Madrid have not yet been approved by the established deadlines. The Ministry of Education has been warning since September 2021 and on numerous occasions of the delay and the consequences that it could have,” he justifies.

“In turn, it has forced many publishers to publish new editions based on the minimum teachings established in the royal decrees and in the drafts of the curricula of the educational administrations, including those of the Community of Madrid, without being able to incorporate the definitive versions of the same that incorporate all the contributions made by all the agents that intervene in the processing process”, he adds to justify the rebellion.

This follows the path that Murcia has taken, which also urges not to change a good part of the books, appealing to the fact that its free program establishes that the manuals must have a duration of at least four years. The Madrid program also says the same. “An extra expense would be caused by having to change them in the coming months with updated content,” defends Madrid. Castilla y León and Galicia are also establishing particularities so as not to have to strictly comply with what the state curricula mandate.

Madrid points out that teachers “will be able to extend the useful life of textbooks and curricular materials that are in good condition in order to rationalize public spending, based on criteria of co-responsibility and sustainability.”

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