The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Generations of failure

This is one of the most crucial aspects of the ongoing teachers' strikes, plantons and marches.  This is really a no-brainer.  If you have 35 years of major disruptions in your educational system, the system cannot do what it is supposed to do... educate people.  Those people are the current and future workforces and well, not getting a good education holds each and every person back and ill prepares them for life in an ever-changing and knowledge-based world.

From Noticias: (translated)
The teachers' strikes that from 1980 began to make the members of Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE), to date 15 have affected generations of students; 5 primary level and 11 secondary. Graduates who left unfinished the contents of their materials, and even those who are already professionals.

Sociologist Samael Hernandez Ruiz felt that the educational effects caused by the strikes and marches that teachers do at different times of the school year, can not be measured, because it does not have a record of the professional performance of the generations that were formed uninterruptedly.

This said, a decline that can not be quantified in general; however, it is clearly reflected in the deskilling of teachers, since the graduates from the normal state do not cover the academic background to teach. This situation may also explain the current "unruly" behavior of workers of education, as there is a clear lack of direction of the movement itself, because many of its demands have no reason to be.

"They go to the streets to demand the release of political, social leaders alleged prisoners, street crying for help, when all they do is politicize their demands," he criticized.
That is it pretty much in a nutshell.  If a culture ignores and does not support its educational system, it will end up with a people who don't understand the world around them.   They will reject knowledge, deny facts, reject science, ignore reality and open themselves to all sorts of abuse and corruption.... oh, wait.  El Norte?  Sound familiar?

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