Thursday, May 9, 2013

Oaxacan Teachers Challenge the Test

Oaxacan Teachers Challenge the Test
The testing regime in Mexico is as entrenched as it is in the United States, and its political use is very similar - undermining the rights of teachers, and attacking unions that oppose it.   In Michoacan, in central Mexico, sixteen teachers went to jail because they also refused to administer standardized tests.  But the teachers' union in the southern state of Oaxaca, Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE)., has not only refused to implement standardized tests - it has proposed its own reform of the education system, one designed by teachers themselves.

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