Student teachers (normalistas) in Mexico are contnuing their struggle to defend their colleges in the face of government and corporate hostility. This time it is the turn of young women studying at an escuela normale in the state of Aquascalientes. The students are defending the nature of their college as a women-only establishment , in which they live and work hard. They are also demanding that the state government withdraw its plans to cut down student numbers from 120 to 100.

When the young women protested in the state capital, they succeeded in shutting down one of the main highways, before being dispersed by police wielding batons. They say that the college, which they are occupying, has had its power and water cut off by the authorities.

Although this may seem like a small struggle, it has great significance. The protests in the capital were led by the mothers of whose children - also student teachers - were disappeared by the authorities in 2014. The federal state as well as local states are pursuing a programme of oppression of the escuelas normales because they have a long tradition of educating teachers to learn and teach with oppressed peoples, particularly from indigenous communities, and to help them to learn to struggle for a better world. The students themselves come from the same oppressed communities. This is in stark contrast to the deadening, standardised, monolingual  curricula and testing regimes which the government is trying to impose on teachers all over Mexico.

Once again student teachers in Mexico are in the forefront of the struggle for an education for liberation, instead of one that is simply there to generate profits and produce compliant workers.