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March 8, 2021
EDITORIAL

Without education any nation dies

The uncertain conditionRomania finds itself intoday, especially from amoral and political standpoint, isreflected mostly in the behaviorof politicians. Instead of stimulatingthe evolution of Romaniansociety through their necessarycompetence and moral stature,they are dominated by thenation’s critical condition. Andprecisely this domination transformsthem from factors of widerangingpolitical decision intoprisoners of the present moment.So that instead of eliminating thenegative conditions from societyour politicians amplify themthrough their behavior.Corruption and the breaking ofthe laws in general, with agrowth in violence, includingdeadly violence, are takingincreasingly higher amplitudebecause of quasi-generalizedpoverty but also of the politicians’effort to camouflage suchdramas and tragedies. The willfulmasking of behavioral shortcomingshas replaced to a greatextent their normal disclosure.

For over a decade the number of commonconvicts has been growing steadily. And abig part of them are youths under the ageof 20, including more and more underageones. Poverty, widespread unemployment,including among high school and universitygraduates, the emigration of parents andthe degradation of the family, illiteracy andviolence, the former’s reverse side, these arejust some of the causes why an increasingnumber of youths, including underageones, are losing their freedom. Without thestatute of convicts offering them at least asmall chance in the sense of their rehumanization.It is known that jails are overcrowdedand a possible educational activitycapable of bringing these convicts back toa normal life is often times out of the questionin such an environment. It is preciselythe overcrowded and hence ostracizingatmosphere which fosters even more theyoung convicts’ violent and generally antisocialtendencies. The overcrowding ofconvicts and its “hotbeds of internal strugglefor power” means that the youngestconvicts in particular are the least favored.Proving themselves to be, more than once,incapable of removing this generalized stateof psycho-social degradation, some politicians,as prisoners of the present moment,have resorted to a formula of camouflageapproximately one year ago. A parliamentarygroup has tried to sneak through,without debate, an “amnesty law” for convictsserving sentences of less than 7 yearsin jail. Since a part of the public opinioncondemned this intention, the JusticeMinister found himself forced to reject thisdraft law. The more so since the draft law,apart from its unconstitutional character,was designed to favor some groups ofunderworld members and several “aristocrats”who were involved in ongoing trials.The aforementioned parliamentary initiativealso had an alleged “European character.”It claimed to “defend” Romania fromthe ever more frequent ECHR decisionsthat favor convicts based solely on the“inhuman conditions” in Romanian jailswhich have collapsed in a “real-estatedeficit.” But from this point of view too,the main guilt still belongs to Romanianpoliticians. Because, as “prisoners of themoment,” they either forget or hesitate tomake an essential fact well known. Namelythat the real-estate deficit that jails sufferfrom is incomparably smaller than the onethat affects, much more seriously, theEducation, Health, Culture and evenNational Defense systems.Is it normal, is it democratic to judge acountry’s reality exclusively based on thebad conditions in jails and to ignore theeven more critical conditions of schools,hospitals? Why is the labor market ignoredtoo, where layoffs cannot be stopped, noteven during the summer? And preciselythis fact negatively reflects also on thoserecently released from jails after servingtheir time. Their moral and social rehabilitationdepends not only on the nature ofjails, but especially on legal, permanentemployment after release. And preciselythis lack is the main cause as to why manyof those legally released from jail onceagain resort to criminal acts and end upovercrowding the jails once more. Butsince the correlation between social actsand the completion of the decisions adoptedat their expense frequently “eludes” thepoliticians’ attention, we end up with anew seriocomic paradox: the same JusticeMinister who opposed the forecast“amnesty law” a year ago tells us today thatit cannot be avoided. Why? Because, weare told, other EU countries are doing thesame. So the Romanian politician is preoccupiedwith imitation, not creation.If the Romanian politician were a factor ofcreation, not a servile imitator prisoner ofthe present moment, his main preoccupationwould be the country’s general condition,not just his personal condition. Onlythus would he grow aware of the fact thatthe only optimal solution for overcomingthis multiple crisis consists of the correlatedimprovement of the entire socialadministrativesystem. The combating ofillegal actions cannot have the anticipatedpositive results if it is not doubled by theprevention of these illegalities. And thefirst preventive factor is education. Onlymultilateral, systematic education from theyoungest age until maturity can lead to theavoidance of jail. This is the reason whythe education system needs a higher socioeconomicstatute. All youths have to haveaccess to multilateral education. The “general”and “free” attributes associated withthe current Romanian education system inorder for it to manifest itself in a plenarymanner need another quality: that of theeducational training of all children, withoutdiscrimination.It is not enough to talk about pre-school,primary, secondary and high school educationof a general and compulsory characterif these attributes become, like now, contradictoryand unequal from one area toanother. That is why it is not natural – likesome local barons claim – for the educationand training of young generations tobe taken out from under the state’s centralauthority and offered to regional, groupinterests. The major risk is that precisely insuch a way the young generations’ unity ofideal will be abandoned. And the abandonmentof the young generation’s unity ofideal and behavior is the equivalent ofwhat we see taking place today: an evergrowing number of youths, includingunderage ones, fall prey to antisocialbehavior and end up in jail.Decentralization, increasingly obsessive forour politicians, has to be excluded fromthe educational domain, a fundamentaldomain just like National Defense orInternal Affairs precisely because of itsunity and organic character.The training of young generations has toconsider, first of all, the national-strategicinterest. The anti-state and thus anti-Romanian whim of some local leadersshould be completely excluded, first of allfrom Education. Being known thatWITHOUT EDUCATION ANYNATION DIES!

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