Thanks to the media, the Castro dictatorship has been able to continue touting its forced indoctrination of children into obedient communist robots as excellence in education.
The Pamphleteering of Castro’s Crooked Education Claims
It has been a long-standing myth that Cuban communism is an educational giant. The evidence contradicts this propaganda stunt. It’s a shame that media like Axios play the role of puppets and misinform
Fidel Castro’s ideological coup d’état on the movement to oust the authoritarian regime of Fulgencio Batista ushered in Cuban communism. From its prenatal state in the Sierra Maestra Mountains, his rhetoric was founded and nurtured upon lies. A complicit American media facilitated the proliferation of all the falsehoods of the closet tropical Marxists. Herbert Matthews— a New York Times reporter who first interviewed Castro in the Oriente province mountains in 1957—lied to the world about the number of “guerrillas” present, their activities, and the socialist inclinations of the Castro brothers. The deceit on the media’s part continues to this day. Axios published on October 5 a pamphleteered piece on Castro’s crooked education claims.
Russell Contreras penned “Hispanic Heritage: Cuba’s Literacy Legacy”. The short note is craftily deceitful and begs the ignorance of the reader to transmit any seriousness. Aside from the fact that the Axios article reaps with the author’s ideological submission to the Castro regime’s propaganda, its untruthful premise is even contradicted by its own citing. To attribute a commendable “legacy” to Castro-Communism (even if it is false), in none other than the October Hispanic Heritage celebration when Latin America has bled and continues to suffer from Havana’s sixty-two-year-old dictatorship’s subversion and imperial control, is a callous insult to Hispanics.
The Axios skewed-article echoes one of the Castro regime’s longtime fabricated themes (the other is health care) which has served it well for disinformation purposes. Contreras seeks to sell, overall, the notion that Cuba’s education indicators reveal a success story that is attributable to the 1959 communist revolution. Cuba has had a successful historical record in fomenting literacy among its citizens. However, this has not been the working of Cuban communism, as the achievements predate it.
In 1957, Cuba had a literacy rate of close to 80%. That was only bettered in Latin America by Argentina, Chile, and Costa Rica. Interestingly, Republican Cuba had in the 1957-1958 higher education school year, 13.5 students per 1,000 inhabitants. On a per-capita basis, this placed the Island ahead of West Germany, France, Japan, Italy, and England. The Cuban female population in the 1950s faired even better, statistically. Cuba had a higher percentage of its student body represented by women than Finland, the United Kingdom, United States, France, Canada, and Denmark.
Axios’ dismal article concedes that pre-communist Cuba had a literacy rate of approximately 80% of its population. It is specifically, however, the Castro regime’s 1961 labeled “literacy campaign”, that Contreras credits the communist dictatorship for having constructed a worthy education “legacy”. In that mentioned “literacy campaign”, the socialist government claimed that it had reached, in less than one year, a 99-100% literacy rate. While the greater point of the author is clearly to exalt communist Cuba as an education powerhouse, it uses this highly publicized endeavor as an admirable feat. Is it really?
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