Meritocracia y democracia en la educación pública

SANTIAGO – ¿De dónde provienen las elites latinoamericanas? Si nos guiamos por el realismo mágico, tendencia literaria que una vez fue de gran popularidad en Estados Unidos y Europa, pertenecen a una de las 14 familias (sí, 14 es el número que se repite) que desde la colonia son propietarias de toda la tierra arable - y de todo lo demás.

Pero la realidad es más compleja que la ficción. En la mayor parte de América Latina, las familias tradicionales hace mucho tiempo que aprendieron a compartir el poder político con una elite diferente: urbana, profesional, culta y egresada de los mejores liceos y universidades públicas de la región. En Chile, sin embargo, esto podría estar a punto de cambiar.

El Instituto Nacional es tan antiguo como la República de Chile. Es gratis, tiene un sistema de admisiones basado sólo en el mérito, y estudiantes de familias de clase media o de sectores populares componen la mayor parte de su alumnado.

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