Teachers in Mexico are continuing with their heroic struggle against education 'reform' measures, which are being imposed by the right wing government of Pena Nieto. On Friday 17th January, thousands of teachers flooded into the centre of the capital, Mexico City, and staged a mass demonstration through the town. 

Many of the teachers arrived from the provinces. Teachers came from Morelos in defiance of threats to discipline them or terminate their contracts if they took part. The teachers, who are members of the reform union in the country, the CNTE, say they will not give up their struggle until the 'reforms' are reversed. This protest is the latest in a long line of determined actions by the teachers, both in the provinces and in the capital, including a months long occupation of Zocalo Square, which was eventually cleared by riot police last September and was followed by a long occupation at the Monument of the Revolution, which was also cleared by police, on January 6th. However the struggle goes on and has been, more or less non-stop, since 2006, often as not supported by local communities. There have been road blocks, occupations of town centres and so on, despite often violent repression, both by the police and by goons sent by the deeply corrupt teacher leadership of the original SNTE union.

Teachers in many parts of the North, for example in the US and the UK, are protesting loudly against similar reforms in their own countries, which are seen as damaging to children and education, and aimed solely at producing the kind of 'human capital' required by corporations, rather than thinking and critical young people. There are even beginning to be calls for mass boycotts of testing and other actions against such reforms. The Mexican teachers' struggle is an inspiration to all fighting such reform. Indeed one group of teachers in California were so inspired by it that they developed  teaching materials for sixth graders to explain to them what it was about. (This can be accessed here).

Apart from their determination in the face of a vicious state, one thing which characterises the Mexican teachers is their awareness that this is a global struggle. The film Granito de Arena, (see trailer above), makes this very clear as does the fact that CNTE organised a global solidarity conference, in the midst of their struggle, last November. Get informed, if you are not already, of the background to this amazing campaign by reading the posts on the Mexico page on this website and following the links to other analysis. Then send your solidarity to the teachers of Mexico by going here.