Public education in Mexico

I just recently watched the movie, Granito de arena, a documentary about the Mexican teacher’s union.  This, from the back cover: “For over 20 years, economic globalization has been dismantling public education in Mexico. But always in the constant shadow of popular resistance. This is the story of that resistance – the story of a grassroots, non-violent movement of public schoolteachers who took Mexico by surprise and who have endured brutal repression in their 25-year struggle to defend public education.”

It made me consider what education does for the individual and the community. And it made me consider more what a violation it is to deny, distort, or control it counter to the community needs. While a national educational policy is vital in order to ensure access to education for all, it should be governed democratically, so that community concerns are met. And this is mainly what the movie is about, though the union is also reacting to specific policies and actions of the Mexican government.

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