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Solé, Eulàlia

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La Vanguardia - Spain | 08/05/2015

Pisa study damaging to mankind

Around 40,000 Spanish schoolchildren will take tests for the Pisa programme in May and June. These comparisons which assess education solely on the basis of economically viable skills should be abolished, the conservative daily La Vanguardia demands: "Finland, for example, has fallen behind in comparison with Asian countries. … Countries like Finland however give higher priority to an education that aims to make children into better human beings rather than accumulators of wealth. … Putting profit above all else leads to the degradation of human and animal lives. It results in policies that continue to pollute the air, land and water, causing hitherto unknown allergies, promoting serious diseases and putting business above protecting people and their environment. The most intelligent and healthy solution would therefore be to ignore Pisa or simply get rid of it."

La Vanguardia - Spain | 06/02/2009

Questions without answers

Spanish writer and sociologist Eulàlia Solé asks a few questions in the daily La Vanguardia that remain unanswered - and not only in Spain: "Why is there no universal standard for battery chargers for mobile telephones? … There are universal norms for plugs and sockets, the sockets for bulbs are standardised, but the plugs for the battery chargers remain infuriatingly exclusive. Why is it that in most cafes, whether cheap or expensive, the teapots are made in such a way that the tea spills onto the saucer and the table when you pour it? With teapots at home you can pour tea into your cup without spilling a drop. If that wasn't the case they would have landed in the bin a long time ago. … Why are there cafes where the music is so loud that people have to shout at each other to have a conversation?"

La Vanguardia - Spain | 12/09/2008

What are Right and Left today?

La Vanguardia newspaper reflects on the significance of the terms Left and Right in today's politics: "From the time of Karl Marx until just a short while ago, the differences between right-wing and leftist policy seemed clear. Put simply, they were either based on representing the interests of employers or those of the workers. But as far as the economy goes, the distinction is becoming increasingly vague. ... French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is considered right-wing, has just introduced a 1.1 percent tax on investment revenue, ... a measure that would formerly have been considered leftist. ... In another example the USA, the prototype of liberalism, is nationalising beleaguered financial institutions. By contrast ... Spain's socialist government has retracted a project of the Labour Minister meant to stop guest workers being hired in their countries of origin. Even if criticism of the project came partially from the Left, ... the decision to stop the measure was taken on the basis of pressure from employers. ... Is there no difference any more between Right or Left? Yes, but in an ideological sense. The recognition of same-sex marriages and progressive abortion laws are still the domain of the Left. But the rest, the economy, ... has become classless."

La Vanguardia - Spain | 02/06/2006

The worldwide refugee drama

The Spanish writer and sociologist Eulalia Sole focuses on the plight of millions of refugees throughout the world. "As long as a fifth of the planet's inhabitants continue to possess four fifths of the earth's resources, there will be refugees. And there will be migrants, that other category of people who own nothing and who spoil our luncheons and dinners when images of their shipwrecked 'pateras' and 'cayucos' show up on our TV screens ... A shameful phenomenon with seemingly no end in sight. Over the long term, refugees - and especially those from the Third World - disappear from the headlines, and fall off the radar screens of the western media. They remain huddled together behind barriers, many of them, indefinitely. ... We, who still feel free, are also refugees. Refugees in our own well-being, which we hope will be everlasting."

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