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Here's Why Teachers in Mexico are Slinging Rocks Through Government Windows

Roberto A. Ferdman - Quartz
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May 1, 2013

Do protesting teachers in Mexico want what's best for their country, or what's best for themselves? (AP/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico appears to be erupting over president Enrique Peña Nieto’s sweeping education reforms.

In many regions, the dissent has turned violent as teachers and students take to the streets. In the Mexican state of Guerrero, masked mobs slinging rocks and wielding iron rods attacked the Supreme Court and various headquarters of political parties. Elsewhere, government buildings were vandalized, traffic on major highways halted, and protesters converged on several shopping malls. The unrest has gone on for over 60 days, disrupting schools and schedules.

Educators in Mexico are clearly livid. But what exactly are they so angry about?

Long dissatisfied over pay (they make a meager $650 a month on average), Mexican educators this time are targeting a very specific kink in reforms: Teachers must prove not only their worth, but also their commitment.

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