Isabel Allende Endorses Chile’s Students

16 Aug

Chilean novelist Isabel Allende throws her support behind growing calls for education reform in her home country.

Photo: martu_mq / Flickr

Speaking in an interview published by La Tercera yesterday, Allende endorsed the movement for free and quality education and a ban on profiteering in schools, saying that it “is part of a neoliberal system that no longer works.”

She warned that the protests were “the tip of the iceberg, because the core issue is the inequality of opportunities.”

The author drew parallels between the movement of students in Chile, the “Indignants” in Spain and recent events in Britain, saying “young people are making a cultural revolution, “ because “there are no political leaders today.”


2 Responses to “Isabel Allende Endorses Chile’s Students”

  1. Meg H August 17, 2011 at 21:03 #

    Can’t wait for the next Allende novel about the education revolution of 2011

  2. Charles Myhill August 23, 2011 at 19:28 #

    This is really well written, good stuff, Joe. I particularly like Allende’s ” …the core issue is the inequality of opportunities.” Revolution was ever thus fuelled.

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