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October 14, 2011


Lauren H.

Thanks for the illuminating post, as always! I always read but this is actually my first time commenting :)
I just wanted to point out that judging by my own experience in Brazil, most families can't afford to send their kids to private school. I've lived in Salvador with my boyfriend and his family, who I would estimate are part of the C class. They couldn't send my bf or his brother to private school, and all of our friends who grew up there went to public school as well. So while I'm sure it is true that there are a range of private school options, I wouldn't be so optimistic as to say "they're accessible to a variety of social classes and not just the wealthy" since in my experience at least, it seemed like only rich Brazilians were able to send their kids to private school. I don't know, since I'm not from there myself, but I just wanted to share my experience with this. Also, maybe the school systems are different in Salvador and Rio?
I was shocked by this system of teacher strikes too when I first heard about them - as well as the policy at many schools of not providing substitute teachers. I remember many days of my bf going to school, only to find out that all his classes were cancelled and he got up at 4:30 am for nothing! It makes me grateful for the public school I went to here in the States!
Thanks again for a great blog!

Rio Gringa

Hey Lauren, thanks for commenting! Maybe my comment was misleading, because certainly, people with limited incomes cannot afford private schools. In Rio, there are private schools that are accessible to the working class (though it's definitely a big expense), but as I said, the more you pay, the more "prestigious" the school. But other than Pedro II and the like, Rio parents who can scrape the money together will opt to spend on a private school rather than a public school.

Larisse Cavalcante

Adorei o post, Rachel.
Você conseguiu informar muito bem sobre a situação completa, algumas coisas que você postou, que nem eu mesma sabia.
Foi muito bom também você postar sobre o que a Sofia falou, de que eles não protestam, e só simplesmente, param de dar aulas.

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