Neutral language in schools: project that prohibits

On the voting agenda this week, in the plenary of the Legislative Chamber of the Federal District (CLDF), a bill (PL) that wants to prohibit the use of gender-neutral expressions in teaching materials in public and private schools and in public examinations. capital of the country.

The initiative covers terms such as “todes”, “menines”, “elu” and “delu”, for example, to prohibit them from being used in educational spaces in the DF. The bill is authored by district deputy Iolando Almeida (PSC), and also provides for a fine in the amount of R$ 5,000 to institutions that do not comply with the rule.

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Neutral language is defended by the LGBTQIA+ movement as a form of inclusion for non-binary people, who are those who do not identify with the male or female gender.

“The adoption of a neutral language to be taught to children is the beginning of a hysterical tragedy: the gender ideology being propagated in schools. The neutral language, in addition to being Portuguese taught wrongly, suppresses the differences between men and women, imposes a gender asepsis that destroys the principle of separation between boys and girls”, says the parliamentarian in the justification of the proposal.

In addition to the DF, another 19 states have a bill to prohibit the use of gender neutral in the Portuguese language, with the aim of vetoing its use. A survey by the Diadorim Agency shows that, in all, 34 proposals are being processed in the country’s Legislative Assemblies. All want to prevent variation in the grammatical norm beyond the masculine and feminine binary.

One of these initiatives has even become law in Rondônia. It was sanctioned by Governor Marcos Rocha (PSL) on October 19 and prohibits neutral language in the curricula and teaching materials of public or private educational institutions and in public tenders.

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The main objective of these projects, including that of the DF, is to create a kind of “moral terrorism”, aimed especially at the more conservative part of society, and those people who have less access to information, analyzes Lucci Laporta, executive secretary of the Fight Forum LGBTQI from DF and Entorno, transvestite activist and social worker.

“We have to recognize that, whether we like it or not, there are people who do not identify themselves within the gender binarism, they even created this way of speaking for them to be respected. If you prevent this, it simply appears in spaces of education, culture and public administration, you are trying to annul, make invisible the existence of these people. At no time was there an attempt to impose this language so that it is used by all people, but it is a way of speaking the Portuguese language, and several other languages they already have non-binary variations,” he argues.

Lucci adds that “the movement of a language corresponds to political, socio-historical disputes. Nobody is trying to force the use of non-binary language, but one cannot also want to prevent it from being used by those who recognize its importance and feel like using it” .

School autonomy

Public school teachers have mobilized against PL. For the leader of the DF Teachers Union (Sinpro-DF), Anna Cristina, the parliamentary initiative is yet another attack on the freedom of the chair.

“Schools must have autonomy to define the contents of the school curriculum in pedagogical proposals. This is provided for in the National Education Guidelines and Bases Law. It is yet another attack on the freedom to teach and learn, guaranteed even in the Federal Constitution. They want to make schools spaces for reproducing prejudices; of teachers, assistants to an oppressive system; and the students, mere recipients of content”, he points out.

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For district deputy Fábio Felix (Psol) the project is unconstitutional for hurting the freedom of professorship of educators and for interfering with educational standards.

“We cannot legislate on this at the local level. Afterwards, it is a project that goes against the struggle of decades of the school community, which is to have an inclusive school that respects diversity. We will do everything possible to remove this It is shameful to spend public money to attack freedom and promote fundamentalism”, he points out.

Other projects

In addition to the bill of deputy Iolando Almeida, two other proposals of almost identical content are also in the Legislative Chamber of the Federal District, which could even lead to an impasse in the vote scheduled for this week. This is because the bills by deputy Robério Negreiros (PSD) and deputy José Gomes (PTB) were presented before and they demand that Almeida’s proposal be joined to the two others in progress.

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Source: Federal District BdF

Edition: Flávia Quirino

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