Fighting Corrupt Teachers Unions In Mexico

Mexican President Felipe Calderon is doing his part in fighting teachers unions corruption:

Tens of thousands of teachers are blocking highways and seizing government buildings across Mexico to protest a federal education reform ending their longtime practice of selling their jobs or giving them to their children.

In central Morelos state, where opposition is centered, about 20,000 teachers have been on strike for more than 50 days. Though a few thousand children study in cantinas and makeshift classrooms, nearly 500,000 others have yet to start the school year.

Since the strike erupted in Morelos in late August, protests have spread to at least a dozen other states and are threatening to go nationwide. In Baja California, about 700 teachers in Tijuana lay down on the world’s busiest border crossing and blocked San Diego-bound traffic for hours. In Mexico City, protesters set up a sprawling tent city near the federal Education Secretariat, which oversees the country’s public education system.

At the heart of the conflict is the “Alliance for Quality Education,” a national plan to professionalize teachers and hold them accountable for their students’ performances. The plan was ratified in May by Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Elba Esther Gordillo, the leader of the country’s 1.6 million-member National Education Workers Union, and sent to Mexico’s 31 state governments and Federal District for approval.

Mexico teachers unions are another example of how teachers unions look out for their own self interest first, regardless of its affects on the students and teaching quality. The full article can be found here.

30 Responses to “Fighting Corrupt Teachers Unions In Mexico”

  • charlie leonard

    Is it true that striking teachers continue to receive full pay while on strike? One source tells me yes. Not much incentive to end a strike, no?

  • This sounds just like the DWP union jobs here in Los Angeles, where jobs are awarded to family and friends.

  • You live in LA Frank? What part? Maybe we could meet up for drinks or something.

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  • Mexico to fight more wars at home.

    As mass media has displayed spectacular head lines, as well as spreading the news about recent U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton visit to Mexico, a great attention was bound for the narcotraffic cartel problem, currently engaged in a war in that Latin American country.

    Yet Mexico is facing other wars at home, perhaps not worthwhile mentioning, though; a threat as big as that coming from drug trafficker threat, even bigger.

    I don’t intend here, by no means, to minimize a war against cartels giving less importance or attention to it but rather recognize these would be forced to retreat instead, and finally forced to move to other counties –like it once happened in Colombia- in a war that has had a terrible outcome with a high toll death as much as 19.000 deceased during the last brutal period.

    This problem would face a new strategy on both sides as allied countries in a joined Mexico – U.S. enforcement, soon will be announced by president Calderon after his visit to the White House on May 19th. to discuss a line of attack. On taking about a different issue than that from drug wars, the former Chief of Latin-American Affairs Office, a branch depending from State Department, has written a first version, already published by news magazine Wars Journal. This autor –Roger Pardo Maurer- has made me to consider five more critical challenges that Mexico would have to face -and yet unnoticed, and overlooked.

    First challenge concerns how Mexico would handle a huge crisis like oil drained off and used up. Mexico has profited up to 40 percent off revenue coming from oil exploitation. This fraction goes to the country’s federal budget, but it’s a risk as oil soon to get exhausted in a near future. U.S. Board for Energy Data Compilation and Information reckons Mexico will be forced to import oil in 2017.

    Secondly: how would Mexico deal with critical water shortage? Its well known serious problems concerning drinking water are also a cause for strain in neighboring provinces around Mexico City. Besides, it is likely global warming would make Mexico droughts worst today.

    The third point concerns Mexico’s poor ability to compete with coming out powerful nations like China and India, plus other emerging nations. These nations currently rely on better educational and teaching systems than Latin America to adapt to modern economy. A recent research carried out by the World Economy Forum has reached to a conclusion here: they question Mexico’s competitiveness. Harvard University’s economists have led another research, drawing conclusions like the country’s poor performance in the area.

    A fourth point would refer to unemployment in Mexico. How would this Latin American country deal with young generation new graduates, no longer being able to be exported to the U.S.A. to work due to increasing border controls by U.S. authorities, or U.S. stricken economy?

    It’s been estimated around one million new Mexican young college graduates will enter labor market each year while it’s necessary an annual estimated 5 percent steady growth. To cope with unemployment, Mexico would need a major growth than this current trend.

    The 5th point concern on the subject of how would Mexico deal with a problem at integrating native indian population to modern economy?

    Thousands of millions of dollars have been provided to Southern states by late rulers in office, especially after Chiapas rebellion back in 1994. But the problems are far from getting to end as the south regions of this country won’t receive enough benefits as good as northern provinces, if we are talking about a real system of insertion to world economy here.

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