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A UCA academic who is against compulsory sex education in schools: who is Carlos Torrendell, the Secretary of Education chosen by Javier Milei

2023-12-01T03:27:44.732Z

Highlights: Carlos Torrendell is an expert in educational management. He is against compulsory sex education in schools. Those who know him say that he is a "good person", who knows a lot about education. He will have to coordinate with Sandra Pettovello, to whom he will report within the framework of the new super-ministry of Human Capital that millennia will create, says Flavio Buccino, a teacher and educational management specialist. The new Secretary of Education will report to the Minister of Education, Javier Milei.


He is an expert in educational management who is respected by his peers. His appointment came as a surprise and brought relief to specialists.


Relief was expressed by the education specialists consulted by Clarín. They were answering about the new Secretary of Education appointed by Milei.

This is Carlos Horacio Torrendell, a man from the Argentine Catholic University (UCA), who knows a lot about educational management, they say, and who, together with other experts such as the recently deceased Inés Aguerrondo, set up the prestigious teacher training program at the UCA.

The relief is because until now the person who was announced as a possible Secretary of Education was Martín Krause, an economist outside the world of education, without dialogue with the sector and who had debuted on the public scene with a very questionable phrase in which he trivialized the horror of the Holocaust.

Now, who is Carlos Torrendell? Those who know him say that he is a "good person", who knows a lot about education and educational management. They say that while his background is tied to Catholicism, he is primarily a liberal person.

Keeping a low profile, this reporter had communicated with him at the end of 2019, in the midst of the debate between greens and light blues and when a reform to the comprehensive sex education (ESI) law was being discussed, which deepened the obligatory nature of ESI, with the aim of guaranteeing that it was given in all schools in the country.

Torrendell was one of the "celestial" voices, who was against making CSE mandatory. And clearly, against deepening that obligation.

"The changes are suggestive. There is a combination of elements that allow us to think that there is an ideological intention and to impose a uniform vision. They add concepts such as secularism or the exception of the law for native peoples, precisely communities where there is a very strong machismo and subjugation of women, and where this training is most needed," Torrendell had told Clarín in that note.

One of the main challenges for an "academic" like Torrendell will be to coordinate with Sandra Pettovello, to whom he will have to report within the framework of the new super-ministry of Human Capital that millennia will create.

Flavio Buccino, a teacher and specialist in educational management, says that "in principle, it is someone from the system. That is already a guarantee that he recognizes the problems we have."

"The second derives from this: first, he knows that management is something complex and there are actors who can be retarders or facilitators of the changes we need. There is one thing that, beyond the name, I think we must take into account and that I hope will be resolved quickly for the good of Education: from now on, those who are in charge of Education are part of a much larger organization such as this mega Ministry in which Education and Health will compete with two 'gigantic monsters'. in problems and resources, such as Social Development and Work. I think Carlos will need a lot of support so that he doesn't end up being the 'Cinderella' of that mega structure," Buccino said.

Among his latest actions in public policy, Torrendell joined the Council of Educational Quality of the National Ministry of Education. A body that establishes the Education Law and that was put into effect by former minister Nicolás Trotta.

Source: clarin

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