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September 16th, 2013
thesmithian

Thousands of riot police retook Mexico City’s…Zócalo plaza…from striking teachers on Friday. There were violent clashes…Police moved into the area minutes after the elapse of a 4pm deadline the government had set for the teachers to leave the square they’d occupied for weeks…the protests were aimed at pressuring the legislature into modifying a wide-ranging education reform that threatens teachers with dismissal if they fail evaluations aimed at improving the dismal standard of the country’s state schools…Most of the striking teachers come from Mexico’s poverty-ridden southern states, and argue that the country’s educational deficiencies are more closely tied to social inequity than their performance in the classroom.

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