Why Mexico's Education Reforms Are Important
Israel Ortega - The Heritage Foundation
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May 9, 2013

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Since taking office as Mexico’s newest president, Enrique Pena Nieto has quickly made it a point to anger one of the most influential interest groups responsible for blocking Mexican progress: teachers unions. Predictably, the teachers unions are upset over a number of ambitious education reforms aimed at increasing accountability into Mexico’s education system.

Mexico seems poised for education reform, as evidenced by the release of last year’s documentary titled De Panzanzo (loosely translated to “Barely Passing”), which exposes a decrepit Mexican public school system prone to corruption. Among the most troubling findings of the film was a decades-old practice of buying and selling teaching jobs.

Teachers unions have responded to the changes by staging large, disruptive public protests claiming that the reforms will lead to a complete privatization of the Mexican education system.

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