Mexico’s failing education system illuminated in film

Teacher’s don’t show up for class. Those that do spend hours talking on their cellphones. Federal education authorities are clueless to how many teachers the country actually has. Teenage students can’t solve long-multiplication problems, Fox News reports. This is the harsh reality of Mexico’s education system, both public and private, as displayed in a new documentary titled “De Panzazo!”—roughly meaning “Barely passing.” Directed by filmmaker Juan Carlos Rulfo and journalist Carlos Loret de Mola, the film blames the deficiencies of Mexican schools on teachers unions and on government officials who give in to the unions’ pressure to avoid changes in the system…

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