More leftist lunacy

JUST WHEN YOU think they can’t get any nuttier, they do.

When our (relatively) new, leftist head of state, whom I refer to as el Presidente Moonbat, took office in December he initiated a number of numskull moves, one of which was to gut the previous administration’s reform of the educational system.

There’s lots of bad things you can say about the previous administration — and Moonbat does that on a daily basis, sowing discord — but it did good stuff too. Like the education reform. Here’s how it worked before the reform:

alfred_E_Neuman_400x400No need to prove you’re qualified to be a teacher. Indeed, your Aunt Guadalupe, on retiring from her teaching post, could have named you as her replacement in spite of your having no teacher training or talent whatsoever. Aunt Guadalupe likely became a teacher in exactly the same way when her Cousin Luis retired.

This is what unions do.

The previous administration’s education reform put a stop to this, and also initiated tests to prove teacher competence. Moonbat has ended that, and we’ve returned to the past.

There are teacher unions in Mexico. Sometimes they battle each other — literally, like throwing punches and chairs, etc. One of these unions, which goes by the initials CNTE, is little more than an arm of the Communist Party, and CNTE is particularly powerful in the State of Oaxaca, which brings us to today’s main topic. At last!

The union in Oaxaca has announced there will be no more teaching of English. Instead there will be classes of  indigenous languages. This is akin to, say, Arizona ending Spanish or French classes and teaching Apache or Navajo instead.

How do you say nincompoopery in Spanish?

And there’s more: All classes will have not one but two teachers. One will provide academic instruction and the other will teach extracurricular subjects, however that plays out. How do you say “staff padding” in Spanish?

And there’s even more: Teachers won’t be issuing grades. Students will grade themselves and that of their peers. The CNTE has also come up with “alternative textbooks,” books which badmouth capitalism and heap praise on famous communists.

More details on this indoctrination here. Pathetic.

Meanwhile, the rating agency Moody’s recently issued a pessimistic report about Mexico’s economic future, citing the federal government’s lack of “public policy coherence.”  Of course, leftist economic “thinking” is inherently incoherent.

And there’s even more: The overwhelming majority of Mexicans think el Presidente Moonbat is the cat’s pajamas. They just adore him. He supports “the poor,” you know.

Unbridled democracy. Just gotta love it!

14 thoughts on “More leftist lunacy

  1. “Teachers won’t be issuing grades. Students will grade themselves and that of their peers.”

    The far left has always been enamored with leveling hierarchy. This proposal would be worrisome if not for the fact that it will inevitably devolve into the same type of analysis paralysis on display at the Social Democrat convention you posted earlier. Then, of course, the teachers will have to intervene and impose grades. Even though all animals are equal, some are more equal than others.

    The sad result is that Mexico’s students will continue to live in the basement of the OECD’s annual education testing. I was not a fan of Peña Nieto, but I agree with you his education reform (as mild as it was) was a start in providing Mexico’s children with a future. As the father of a Mexican high school student, I am constantly reminded how the current system fails its customers.

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  2. I raised three children that attended school here from kindergarden thru university. Mine attended public elementary and junior high and then private, bilingual high school and universities. I agree with some of the reforms, especially when it comes to better teacher qualifications. And two teachers per classroom is BS. The union is way out of line on that. Better to decrease the student/teacher ratio.

    I know there are wage incentives for teachers here to hold higher degrees. Perhaps in some areas (especially rural), such as Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero or the backwater Michoacán, there are still teachers with little training but in more prosperous areas and large cities that is less the case.

    But on one point I think there might be some room for argument. Finland, who just happens to be number one worldwide when it comes to education, does not issue grades either. It has worked out very well there.

    Maybe you can clarify the part about teaching indigenous languages. Will they be taught as a second language or will basic classes be taught in indigenous languages? I have read that many school districts in the U.S. have eliminated foreign language classes and that many U.S. universities no longer require two years of foreign language as a requirement for admittance. That, if true, is sad as most of the world strives to produce multilingual citizens. I would be willing to bet there are more Mexicans per capita that speak a foreign language fluently than Americans.

    There is an old joke about multilingual persons.

    Q: What do you call someone who speaks two languages?
    A: Bilingual

    Q: What do you call a person that speaks three languages?
    A: Trilingual

    Q: What do you call a person that speaks one language?
    A: American


    1. Gerard: The only thing I know about the language plan is what I have read on a news website. You can read the entire tale here:

      It simply says English will not be taught, period. Given the usual Mexican leftist antipathy toward the U.S., I’d bet that is exactly what they’re gonna do. Short-sighted and ignorant.

      As for American schools eliminating language requirements, of course, that is really dumb. As for more Mexicans per capita who speak English fluently than Americans who speak any foreign language, perhaps that is true. Not sure it is, however, especially when you say “fluently.” I run into Mexicans now and then who’ve been wetbacks and have returned with a smattering of English, but next to none have been fluent or even close. Reminds me of my stay in Puerto Rico in the 1970s. Most info I read on the island before I moved there said, oh, yeah, most Puerto Ricans speak English. Ha! Most did not, not even close.


      1. Here in Guadalajara it is very common to encounter someone who is fluent in English. Most of the middle class send their kids to bilingual schools, most professionals you’ll deal with speak it fluently and among the younger generation there are many that are also fluent. Things are probably different in Backofbeyondcuaro.


        1. I’ve been all over Mexico, and Guadalajara is a distinct standout in the English department. I’m not sure why, but it’s definitely an exception.


          Kim G
          El Paso, Tx
          Where we hoped to get into Ciudad Juarez for a spell, but were foiled by long return lines.


    2. Gerard, P.S.: Americans are generally ignorant of other societies, of course. That is why it’s become so popular to badmouth the United States. They are clueless about how things are worse to far worse in most other places in the world.


  3. I just wondered why Mr. Cotton, whom I assume has sufficient financial resources, doesn’t send his son to a private bilingual high school?


  4. Epstein was not the type to kill himself. Other people, maybe. Himself, no. They took him off of suicide watch for a reason. People on suicide watch are kept in a cell without anything else in there. Usually, they are buck naked.
    Strange the cameras picked that time to malfunction.
    If they really wanted to know the story, they could work it out of the personnel on duty. That won’t happen.
    Still, there may be documents that reveal a lot. Whether they come to light or not is yet to be seen.
    I suspect Julian Assange is next. He can connect the stolen emails to the thief.

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