PABLO LATAPÍ Y LA UNIVERSIDAD

Mañana la Universidad de Colima, mi casa como estudiante y profesor, cumple 75 años de existencia. La ocasión convoca reflexión. Lo haré en esta página y otras, pues estoy convencido que el pensamiento, la palabra, la deliberación son las vías más congruentes para honrar las casas de la cultura superior.

Las posibilidades analíticas que ofrece el tema son infinitas. Paseando por mi escritorio encontré un discurso memorable que leyó en 2007 Pablo Latapí Sarre, fundador de la investigación educativa en México, cuando recibió el doctorado honoris causa por la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. Como don Pablo es también doctor honoris causa por la Universidad de Colima, quiero dejarles estos párrafos lúcidos y provocadores sobre el sentido de las universidades en momentos de turbulencias financieras, desazones políticas e incertidumbres sociales.

Hago propias las ideas del ilustre mexicano que hizo de nuestra alma mater, por un tiempo, su casa.

“Me propongo compartir con ustedes algunas reflexiones sobre los riesgos que enfrentan hoy las universidades mexicanas. Son preocupaciones personales, críticas, que pueden entenderse como advertencias o señales de alerta. No todos estarán de acuerdo con ellas, desde luego —la universidad es una institución hecha para la disidencia—; ruego respetuosamente a quienes no las compartan considerarlas al menos como proposiciones que merecen discutirse […].

“Mi mensaje hoy consistirá en plantear cuatro preocupaciones críticas ante algunos equívocos que están provocando estos retos, preocupaciones que surgen de mi manera personal de entender lo que es la educación y lo que es la universidad, de una “filosofía educativa” (si queremos llamarla así) que he construido a lo largo de mi vida.

“Primera preocupación: el objetivo de la “excelencia”

“Hoy se proclama como obligatorio para las universidades el ideal de la “excelencia”: la institución debe ser excelente, los programas de formación y los profesores también; y los estudiantes deben aspirar a ser excelentes y a demostrarlo.

“Permítanme decirles que considero este ideal de la excelencia una aberración […]

“Yo creo que la excelencia no es virtud; prefiero, con el poeta, pensar que “no importa llegar primero, sino llegar todos, y a tiempo”. El propósito de ser excelente conlleva la trampa de una secreta arrogancia. Mejores sí podemos y debemos ser; perfectos no. Lo que una pedagogía sana debe procurar es incitarnos a desarrollar nuestros talentos, preocupándonos porque sirvan a los demás. Querer ser perfecto desemboca en el narcisismo y el egoísmo. Si somos mejores que otros —y todos lo somos en algún aspecto— debemos hacernos perdonar nuestra superioridad, lo que lograremos si compartimos con los demás nuestra propia vulnerabilidad y ponemos nuestras capacidades a su servicio […].”

Un aniversario institucional es motivo de festejo y reflexión. Es punto y seguido en la historia. A veces, punto y aparte. Renovación de ilusiones, ocasión de corregir o hacer a un lado para modificar lo necesario. Es momento de gratitudes a los personajes discretos pero comprometidos que levantaron la Universidad, con esfuerzo cotidiano; los profesor, por supuesto, pero también los intendentes, las secretarias, los jardineros. En ellos anida el espíritu universitario y merecen el más justo reconocimiento.

De otro dilecto amigo, Carlos de la Isla, filósofo mexicano, aprendí que “en esta época de tanta oscuridad en campos tan extensos cuando incluso el Oriente -el Oriente de donde viene la luz, está nublado de irracionalidad y vergüenza- es indispensable, es vital que la universidad, la verdadera universidad, siga siendo luz”.

¡Qué así sea la Universidad de Colima en los años por venir!

Comentarios

  1. 1E Luis Alberto Robles Hernández dice:

    1.-That Pablo seems to be a good researcher, because im agree with him about what he said.
    2.-Udec should take care of their proffesors, if they are demonstrating they are doing a good job.
    3.-Students from udc must understand that the average doesnt reflect on how good you are.
    4.-Udec should change their program and encourage their students to read at least 1 book.

  2. 1J Andrea Muñoz dice:

    1. It’s important to celebrate the majors of the University in a special date, but what about the students?

    2. Students also want to feel important too, and I’m not talking about a party or a recognition.

    3. I’m talking about simple things like having lighting at night, because in my case, when I go out of my last class at 8:30pm, the school is really dark!

    4. I think that the University cares more about what external people thinks of it than the experience of their own students.

  3. 1k Gustavo Fernando Morentin Ballesteros dice:

    1. the anniversary of university of colima is very important for a lot of people.

    2.Mr. Pablo is a interesting person that gave a good discurse.

    3. The university of colima is a good school because a lot of important people graduated from it.

    4. The discurse of 2007 is very interesting

  4. 1K Alvaro Rodriguez Ramìrez dice:

    1. Excellence is not unattainable, but to get it we put our needs before that others.
    2. When we seek an objective we must consider those around us and work together.
    3. Congrats UDC 75 years really mean a lot.
    4. Study, Fight and work, nice, but we need get it practice.

  5. 1E Glenda Gpe. Camarena Gtz. dice:

    1. Study, Fight and work, nice, but we need get it practice

    2. The university of colima is a good school because a lot of important people graduated from it.

    3. It’s important to celebrate the majors of the University in a special date, but what about the students?

    4. Udec should take care of their proffesors, if they are demonstrating they are doing a good job.

  6. 1E Eduardo Martínez Santoyo dice:

    1. The University Of Colima is one of the best universities in Mexico.
    2. The ideas of Pablo Latapi are very interesting.
    3. I like the way that Pablo thinks about academic excellence.
    4. The University Of Colima should make changes about the number of books that the student read.

  7. 1E José Juan Santillán Torres dice:

    1.- I am liked the mentality of Pablo Latapí about of the University of Colima.
    2.- Success is not an act, is a habit.
    3.- We must always acknowledge the work of all the people who help in the UDC.
    4.- I am liked your mentality about of work in the university of colima.

  8. 1K Anuar Avimael Jiménez Anguiano dice:

    1.- Congrats for UDeC, for all his employees, and all his students, it deserves good point of view.

    2.- I think not, perfection it’s not a word that we can spell. I guess that true perfection has to be imperfect.

    3.- We’ve got to spread a mind, UdeC must take more care of his students.

    4.- This University and his workers have to improve their skills and study programs. It sounds little foolish, but it seems to be true. So just in that way we’ll do a better job.

  9. 1E Noel Gabriel Camacho Cardenas dice:

    1.Pablo tough act to follow, very good written a bit contradictory but acceptable its great view.
    2.The University of Colima great institution, to continue making great professionals to continue to change the world starting from mexico.
    3.The mexico universities lack a bit of the view of Paul, I wish someone apply such grandiose ideas pablo.
    4.The excellence unconsciously something we all want.

  10. 1J Jose Ricardo Mendoza Martinez dice:

    1. First congratulations to UdeC and to all the people that worked at the beginning, but also to the people that work nowdays.

    2. It has its ups and downs.

    3. But at the end, it’s a great institution.

    4. At my point of view, the excellence idea can be arrogant, but it’s an ideal that promotes the competition, a necessary thing on the competitive world nowdays.

  11. 1k oscar eduardo castrejon mejia dice:

    1. the discourse of can read, it´s so interesting.
    2. whit the good and bad, finally it´s a nice institution.
    3. that man, have a great and nice ideas.
    4. every year, the UdeC has been one of the most important univesity.

  12. 1E ZEPEDA VAZQUEZ MIGUEL HAZAEL dice:

    1. considering the opinion of universities of excellence deven be consider some aspects I would like to expound
    2. see that there is not a perfect institution , but the goal would be to try to reach the best
    3. the importance of teachers is of great importance to the education of students
    4. But the interest of students is more important than having a good teacher

  13. 1E Nájera Cortés Brian dice:

    1.- I agree with Pablo.
    2.- Our University are one of the most important university.
    3.- It’s a good chance can read this discourse.
    4.- The excellence it’s something we all want.

  14. 1E Juan Carlos Vazquez Heredia dice:

    1.-The anniversary of the University of Colima is very important to many people , because this I offer them many opportunities in their lives.
    2.-I agree with Paul, because the government almost ignores education.
    3.-Although Univerdad not perfect with the help of students and have gotten you could greatly improve for the better.
    4.-Excellent publication 10/10.

  15. 1E Moreno Olmos Atzin dice:

    1. This topic is very interesting
    2. Paul has a high opinion
    3. A student always seek excellence
    4. To be excellent need a place of excellence

  16. 1E Omar Guadalupe Manriquez Bravo dice:

    1. Great article with a fantastic thought.
    2. Nobody is perfect but we have to do our best.
    3. It’s important to have humility and be open mind.
    4. UDC is an excelent University CONGRATS

  17. 1K virginia martínez castro dice:

    1.-An important person read a very interesting speech in 2007.
    2.-On the meaning of the universities in times of financial turbulence, disappointments and uncertainties social policies.
    3.-This text is to encourage students to continue studying.
    4.-It also leaves a phrase encouraging

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