AMERICA/MEXICO - The creation of a new educational model cannot only be left only to specialists

Thursday, 21 July 2016 education  

Chiapas (Agenzia Fides) - "We are convinced that an integral educational reform is necessary" reiterated the Bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas, His Exc. Mgr. Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, highlighting that this involves, among other aspects, "analyzing the content of text books; enhancing those matters that have been underestimated, such as civic education that leads to forming good citizens; revising sex education, so that it is not only genital information and incitement to debauchery; reviewing the responsibilities of parents, teachers and other social protagonists; taking into account the different cultures that make up the country, in particular the indigenous ways of educating. Within this revision, it is necessary to take into account the pedagogy, methodology, school infrastructure, the rights and duties of workers, etc".
Intervening in tortuous negotiations on Educational Reform approved by the Federal Congress (see Fides 24/6/2016; 12/7/2016), the Bishop recalls the Mexican Episcopate document of the year 2012, entitled "To educate for a New Society" where a serious analysis of education in Mexico and the criteria to improve it was presented. It cites, among other parts of the document, num. 18: "If education does not form honest people, who love the good, beauty, truth and justice, everything else is based on fragile ground".
The Bishop of San Cristobal de las Casas concluded his speech, sent to Fides, with an invitation to parents, teachers, civil society, to do their best to reach a new educational model: "Let us not leave this task only to specialists convened by the authorities, some of whom have an ideology contrary to our culture. Our country depends on education. We have to make proposals". (SL) (Agenzia Fides 21/07/2016)