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Students sit in their classroom at the Uere special needs school in the Mare slum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 5, 2017 (AP photo by Silvia Izquierdo).

Will Priests in Public Schools Lead to a Shift in Brazil’s Secular Education?

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about education policy in various countries around the world.

In late September, Brazil’s Supreme Court narrowly ruled in favor of allowing religious education in public schools to be taught by people promoting their own faith, testing the country’s secular public education system. In an email interview, Simon Schwartzman, a Brazilian social scientist who has written extensively on the country’s education system and who serves on the board of the Institute for the Study of Labor and Society (IETS) in Rio de Janeiro, discusses the Supreme Court’s decision, the state of Brazilian education as a whole and recent efforts to incorporate affirmative action policies in higher education. ...

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