ERIC Number: ED422220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Perspectives on the Mexican Education System: Prejudices, Problems, Possibilities. Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar Abroad 1997 (Mexico).
Socha, Donald E.
This paper examines the complex Mexican educational system and how numerous factors influence its success, depending on one's point of reference. Many ideological and subjective judgments are made in this evaluation. Non-compulsory preschool enrollment figures show tremendous growth in the past 25 years, as does the growth in the number of children 6-14 years old attending school. In 1992 the process of educational reform undertook four important movements: (1) decentralization of the system from federal to state control; (2) curricular reform of basic education; (3) in-service teacher retraining courses; and (4) reform of teacher training programs. The paper argues that this reform procedure represents a tendency toward greater democracy, autonomy, and self-rule in the Mexican educational structure and process, but these tendencies have been circumscribed by prejudices within Mexican society. The paper cites the various kinds of prejudices to be found in Mexico, including racism, sexism, nationality, and overpopulation. The potential for Mexico to achieve its educational goals is greater now than ever before in its history, yet the people must address the issues of social injustice in the society. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Center for International Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico