Attacks on liberal education.

Author:Keller, Richard
Position:WE HEAR YOU - Letter to the editor

In "Mexico's Uprising Against Education 'Reform' " (February issue), Jeff Abbott writes that Mexican education privatization plans, in particular in Oaxaca, "are meant more for cutting costs than for the improvement of education." But that is the means, not the end of privatization. The fundamental purpose is an attack on a liberal education--where, as teacher Santiago Montes put it, "the student is not educated to be a slave."

Why is such a liberal education being attacked? After the 1960s and 1970s, it became clear that the challenges of pollution, nuclear weapons, and now climate change require that education must change to enable new thinking away from the exploitation mentality that had guided the development of civilization for centuries.

The pushback has been around for all that time, but only now is that desperation so palpable.

--Richard Keller

Wellington, New Zealand

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