Julio 2, 2009 at 17:50 · Clasificados en Sin Evasión
I recently dedicated a post to the building that used to be the home of the Havana Institute of Secondary Education, which, by the way, has gotten a warm reception from several readers. Today, I want to refer to an almost unbelievable anecdote related to that same location, at the time it operated as an Experimental Basic Secondary School, and specifically about the person of its flamboyant director. I have received the information from a close credible source which I cannot reveal, but I am allowing myself to share the episode with you because it illustrates the levels of moral poverty metastasizing in the current Cuban society. I trust that the moment will come when we will be able to publicly introduce the players and dissipate any shadow of doubt that this brief incident may have created.
As the end of the school year approached, and since her son –a student in the referenced school- was finishing the ninth grade (the last year of high school in Cuba) a mother approached the school office to request, according to her rights, the review of school records, a document determining each student’s rating and the status of his revolutionary-moral-academic conditions (in that order) to pursue each specialty -whether technological, pre-university or other education- to continue his studies. Upon examining her son’s file, the woman found a recorded act of indiscipline committed by the adolescent in one of the previous years: a fight with a classmate over an eraser, a pencil or another item of little importance.
The kid’s mother, concerned because the presence of such a document could interfere with the student’s future education when applying for placement, since such a documented wrinkle would place him at a disadvantage in respect to other students, appealed to the director’s sensibilities to have the item removed, arguing that the incident was inconsequential, that it did not recur, that the student had achieved good academic results, and that, ultimately, such fights are “typical of kids that age”, that all teenagers argue or fight over menial things, etc.
The director, an Integral General Professor graduate of those early promotions known by the moniker of “The Brave Ones” because they first assumed responsibility for teaching all subjects, -be it Science or Humanities-at a secondary level, and who were forged at the old Yuri Gagarin school (in Caimito, province of Havana), propelled by the great generator of farfetched initiatives, F. Castro, the director -I repeat- only 22 years old, was inflamed by revolutionary fervor before the beleaguered mother and haughtily snapped back: “Not all kids. At that age, I was busy telling on my classmates, those who were cheating, fighting, playing hooky, and talking in class…” “that is the reason I have achieved what I have achieved. Look!” And before the astonished lady, she showed the culmination of her successful youth: her photograph during her years as a student next to the ancient and haughty commander.
I don’t know how many more “achievements” of that kind we can expect of this paradigm of the new man, pride of the revolution. To me, personally, it seems the most rampant manifestation of cynisism and opportunism in a person who occupies the highest possition as an “educator” before students and professors. But I won’t be the one to judge her. Ultimately, the time will come when things will take their rightful place: this girl will also take hers. Suffice it to remember that maxim of the Roman Law in its day, that states: unilateral confession, substitution of proof.