For years, Mexican teachers have bought and sold their jobs — $6,000 is the top rate — or handed them down to their children. Now “tens of thousands of teachers are blocking highways and seizing government buildings across Mexico to protest a federal education reform,” reports the Houston Chronicle.
“We’re fighting to guarantee jobs for our kids,” Oscar Miranda said as he helped teachers stage a protest in front of the governor’s office in Cuernavaca, the capital of Morelos.
“Throughout history,” Miranda said, “the sons of carpenters have become carpenters. Even politicians’ children become politicians. Why shouldn’t our children have the same right?”
A national plan “would require teaching applicants to take government-administered exams before hiring or promotion. Pay raises would be linked to students’ performance on standardized tests.”
Those who paid as much as a year’s salary for the stability of a teaching sinecure will be out of luck.
Via Education Gadfly.