Monday, August 21, 2006

striking teachers

As in "armed with pipes, wood planks and clubs." This story about teachers in Oaxaca, Mexico brings new meaning to the phrase.

I may complain about violence at school, but this is unheard of.


Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

On the other hand, if I had one of them as my teacher, I'd probably hand in all my homework on time.


2:46 PM  
Blogger Old Man Rich said...

I like the line that 'teachers have denounced intellectuals'. Just made me smile.

12:11 AM  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Teachers here forget how bad it can be in other countries, but it's not as good for us here as it is in Japan, Holland, etc... When all you see around you is poverty, violence seems like the only option. I understand (but do not agree with) some terrorist groups because of this. They feel they have nothing to negotiate with, no one in power will listen, and they feel their only option is to strike out in any way they can. Peaceful demonstrations would be a better show of solidarity, but when we went to war there were peaceful demonstrations in every civilized country in the world, and it didn't stop anything. When people are pushed beyond their tipping point, this is the kind of thing that happens. If we were outsourcing to Mexico rather than India, maybe some of these problems would be alliviated and we wouldn't have the immigration problem we have here.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Colleen said...

what this story fails to mention is the conditions under which these teachers must teach. their pay is substandard at best, and the Mexican state does nothing to support education.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Notsocranky Yankee said...

It's a shame that the teachers don't have another way to improve their contract. I guess that's what they needed to do to get their situation noticed.

4:10 AM  

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