Ok, let's not be morons here and take things out of context. Jebus… I read the article, it's pretty basic really. What has happened is this: They've made some changes to the national curriculum and he wants to make sure that the private schools are going along with the same standards. It's pretty ordinary and bloody conventional actually! This has only been taken out of context because of right wing irrational fear about Hugo Chavez lol! (there, that should be a stirring reply!).
But yeah, that's it. You can be sure that anything the man does or says will be taken out of context and looked at as some kind of leftwing, anti US, communist, evil, deranged plot just because it's him. In this situation it's just a case of making sure that all learning institutions have some sort of standardisation in their curriculum, hardly revolutionary.
I agree, this school thing is a red herring. Chavez is suffering an obvious attempt at demonization by the rightwing and oil corporations who are still pissed he nationalized oil. This guy is loved by his people and is spreading around oil money to impoverished places in south america that frankly no one gives a poop about unless they seek aid from somebody we don't like.
T cast him as a modern day Castro just shows to what extent the neocons fear folks they can't order around like goons, and the fact that he is rising to the bait is proof of our failure to gain a powerful ally close to our shores. Mark my words people, this guy is going to end up trouble only because he will tire or our rhetoric and dirty internaional politics knocking on his door.