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Yesterday in Mexico City

2 September 2013

… of course, barely covered by Televisa:



Peña Nieto’s “Grand Transformation” (of deformation, to fit U.S. business interests) is not going down well, and — although I suspect much of the “reforms” will come to pass — it won’t be without some very noisy and messy resistance.  Please note, it is not just teachers who oppose the changes (which require Constitutional changes to labor law) but also those who’ve cottoned onto the fact that this undermines public education… and Mexico’s ownership of its own natural resources.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dee permalink
    3 September 2013 9:07 pm

    You don’t support testing teachers for competence? And you approve of the current system? Please tell me no. Think of all the good teachers coming out of universities who can’t get jobs because somebody’s cousins passed their jobs on to other relatives. México spends more per capita on education than most other countries and yet ranks waaaay down there on the results.
    I remember almost the same thing happening in California about 15 years ago. They tested teachers and a whole lot of long-time teachers flunked. Here comes the union, protecting all the incompetent teachers. I took a sample 100 questions on the test while watching TV, and missed 1. The test was that easy! And I think the union won. How sad.

    • 4 September 2013 3:34 am

      It’s not the teacher testing that has CNTE so upset, but the attempts to put their union (which is not Elba Esther’s SNTE) under state control, and the poor wages, working conditions … and lack of resources… especially for for rural teachers. I worked in a private school in Morelos state where several of the teachers were moonlighting public school teachers who couldn’t make ends meet on their salaries. Yes, Mexico spends on education — and it should: it’s a much better investment than arms and fighting a “drug war” for the benefit of the U.S., but much of the spending decision is in the hands of politicos, who have wasted huge amounts on things like textbooks rife with spelling errors, Martha Fox’s “free” book on sex education a few years back (I think I still have my copy… they gave them away in subway stations) and layer after layer after layer of pointless bureaucracy. I suspect a lot of the anti-teacher propaganda is from the same kinds of people who in the U.S. are pushing for “vouchers”.

  2. Bebe permalink
    3 September 2013 11:37 pm

    “Perhaps” testing of teachers may be appropriate. Yet, when US school boards and state legislatures change the requirements and subjects for school children regularly, can we wonder if our children learn little from teachers who must spend extra hours assimilating the new and improved curricula? There is usually a middle way…until politicians get involved in education. I rather feel there’s the same cycle in Mexico.

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