Teachers in Mexico go on strike
A group called the National Coordinator of Education workers in Mexico went on indefinite strike this past week to protest the country’s new education rules.
According to WSJ.com, those involved with the group vandalized “government offices, torching electoral documents and leaving at least a million children without classes, in an effort to halt an education overhaul and disrupt coming federal midterm elections.”
Teachers protesting went so far as to block traffic, burn ballots, and “block the Mexico City airport.” The burned ballots are a part of the teachers’ effort to stop upcoming Congressional elections.
The sticking point for the teachers and the union are Mexico’s recently passed teacher evaluations. The country’s evaluation system, by way of WSJ.com, “creates teacher testing by an independent government agency.”
The agency would test the teachers, and if teachers miss or fail the exam on the third try, they would face the possibility of being fired.
Teachers facing new evaluations with the chance of losing their jobs is likely causing stress, to be put it lightly. It’s great that teachers are showing their disdain for the new system, but doing so in such an unproductive manner may not get them to the end result.
Maybe a newer system of attempting to improve the way teachers are appraised is needed, so hopefully the teachers union and country political leaders will use this opportunity to sit down and figure out a new evaluation system.