Educators in Brazil have embarked on a liberal-arts curriculum that includes language, mathematics and statistics, humanities and the arts, the natural sciences, and the biological and health sciences as an experiment for recruitment and meeting the educational needs of an extemely diverse student population. They posit that disadvantaged students needed to learn more about abstract reasoning, the natural world, quantitative and qualitative research, and other subjects they would otherwise never encounter. Below are two perspectives; an administrator and a student in the program.…..
“These kids haven’t seen great films, they haven’t read great literature, they don’t speak foreign languages,” Mr. Knobel says. “I think it will open doors and broaden horizons.”
“The most difficult thing is adapting to the pace, to the demands, being in class all day long,” says Ms. Valeria, recalling her first year. “At school we studied five hours a day. We are here from 10 to 6. There’s a lot of reading and a lot to take in.”
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