This piece by David Bacon further underscores quite well the ridiculousness of the use of numbers-based accountability and high-stakes testing in a context like Mexico where the assumptions of equal access to education are glaringly false. In fact, applying U.S.-style reform is downright hostile.
It's interesting to see how international banking institutions aside from the expected corporate interests are working closely to institute reforms that will only benefit the deeply-lined pockets of the neoliberal right. We do not need an Elba Esther Gordillo to get punished for bilking the country when, on the other hand, the neoliberal, global agenda will accomplish just as much or worse.
US-Style School Reform Goes South
March 12, 2013 | This article appeared in the April 1, 2013 edition of The Nation.
Just weeks after taking office, Mexico’s new president, Enrique Peña Nieto, ordered the arrest of the country’s most powerful union leader, Elba Esther Gordillo. The move garnered international headlines and was widely cast as a sign that the government was serious about cracking down on corruption. But virtually no one in Mexico believes that was the real reason for her arrest.
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