Brazil’s disastrous Ministry of Education: the story so far

education minister ricardo velez-rodriguez
Education Minister Ricardo Veléz-Rodríguez

On Wednesday morning, Minister of Education Ricardo Vélez-Rodríguez sat before the Committee of Education in the House of Representatives. The public hearing was scheduled so that Mr. Velez could lay out his proposals for the coming months, indicating whether certain government programs would be continued or not.

After a sleepy and drawn-out four-hour session—in which Mr. Vélez-Rodríguez made a confusing defense of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar while explaining his views on a civil-military school system—Tabata Amaral, a 25-year-old first-term representative for the Democratic Labor Party, took the microphone to address the Education Minister.