Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Teacher Protests in Mexico

"Education is the only weapon of the people, those of the government are the instruments of death and repression. Who is the criminal?!" - CNTE Nacional

In Mexico, teachers are protesting a national set of education reforms that would change the way that teachers are evaluated.

That sounds VERY familiar. Here in the US, and even in the state of Georgia, there are educational reforms every 2-3 years. Most of them are tied to how teachers are evaluated. It happens so often, it's become routine to assume educational changes won't last long. Usually, teachers don't even have time to evaluate if the reforms are effective because they often change AGAIN!



You can't evaluate change without granting it significant time to develop. Teachers, administrators and other educational leaders know this but we haven't given those changes a unified resistance like these teachers in Mexico are currently doing. Teachers typically don't push back. Outside of a few instances like the teachers in Chicago, we usually don't rock the boat.

I admire the teachers in Mexico for standing up for their beliefs. I wish more international stories like these would gain more exposure, but I'm thankful that we can look to teachers across the world for inspiration.



Reuters Articlehttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence-idUSKCN0Z50WZ

CNN Articlehttp://www.cnn.com/2016/06/20/americas/oaxaca-mexico-clashes/index.html

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