As I wrote at Dailycensored.com on March 5, 2013:
“An interesting report out of Mexico concerning corruption charges against the head of the Mexican teacher’s union has appeared at Al Jazeera. The report, found below, indicates that the government has arrested and charged Elba Esther Gordillo, the leader of the Mexican teacher’s union with embezzlement and other charges. Known as La Maestra or ‘The Teacher’, Gordillo headed the National Union of Education Workers or SNTE, which is estimated to have 1.5 million members (http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestoryamericas/2013/03/20133273815849909.html).
Whether the accusation is true or untrue is not known. What is known is that Mexico, following the rest of the so-called Western World, is embarking on similar Race to the Top policies that seek to destroy teacher unions and privatize the public educational sector. These include such ‘business friendly reforms’, such as:
- Seeking to introduce merit-based hiring and promotion, instead of appointments by the union
- Forcing teachers to undergo regular assessments
- Creating a census that will be held to identify the number of schools, teachers and students in the country (no doubt for privatization and closure)
- Extending learning hours in some 40,000 public schools ((again, much like the US and Britain, for testing purposes)
- Instituting, under the auspices of ‘reform’ the lay-off of thousands of teachers
- Pushing the privatization of education in Mexico”
Now the the news out of Mexico is that Hundreds of federal police cleared protesting teachers from the main highway between Mexico City and Acapulco after the demonstrators blocked the roadway for
hours, causing a huge traffic backup.
Mexican teachers will not sit quiet while the corporate privatizers launch their insipid plans. Will US teachers muster up the courage to fight, or will they kneel at the thrown?