children's storybook citing incest theme will be collected in schools, says MEC

Ministry of Education (GUY) He decided to withdraw from the shelves 93 thousand copies of the work recommended for students 7 e 8 years.
08/06/2017 15h30 - Updated 8/06/2017 17h21
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The Minister of Education, Mendonça Filho, He decided to collect 93 thousand copies of the book of short stories “While sleep does not come”, distributed in public elementary and recommended education for students from first to third year, between 6 e 8 years. The first complaints about the book appeared in the Holy Spirit, where the work had already been collected by local offices.

The MEC's ​​decision is based on a Department of technical opinion of Basic Education (SEB), considers that inadequate work because of the short story “The sad story of Eredegalda”, which deals with the story of a king who wants to marry one of his daughters.

The technical report demonstrates that the text of literary works should be appropriate not only to linguistic and textual skills the student, but also the life experience of that player. “Children in literacy cycle, for being readers in formation with limited experiences, not yet acquired autonomy, maturity and critical sense to discuss some topics with high density, as is the case of the story in question”, ensures the opinion, in reference to the tale.

The work is part of the National Textbook Program (PNLD) and it was evaluated and approved, in 2014, the center of Literacy, Reading and Writing the College of Education of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. The 93 thousand copies will be collected from the fundamental level schools and will be redistributed in public libraries all over Brazil.

The story
The book is authored by José Mauro Brant and was published by Editora Rocco, In the book, there is a description, explaining the origin of the story. "The story of Princess harassed by her father appears in several places in Brazil with different names: ‘Silvaninha’, 'Valdomira', ‘Faustina’. The version included here was inspired by a pickup in Barbacena, Minas Gerais, and has increased the verses of a lullaby called 'Here comes from an angel' ".

In an interview with G1 ES, the author said he believes the controversy generated around the work was caused by lack of professional training information. "There is a misinformation of what the folk tale and fairy tales, which are areas that address sensitive issues. We're talking about a symbolic universe. It's a story that gives voice to a victim ", said.

A UFMG, which analyzed the works of PNAIC, said the controversy “it is an improper judgment built by misreading”.

“Apparently, some unsuspecting readers felt that, because this theme, the narrative would be inappropriate for children. The same can happen with the kidnapping theme, present in the narrative 'Sing, Sing, my surrão '. Try-se, in both cases, an improper judgment built by misreading of the novel, the count, oral tradition and literature's place in the child's education”, says an excerpt from the technical note from the UFMG.

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