Category Archives: Education

The UNM Lobos Sing the Budget Blues

There have been happier times at the University of New Mexico. Packed into the Student Union Ballroom, hundreds of people heard UNM’s three top administrative officials September 22 outline the increasingly negative financial outlook for New Mexico’s flagship institution of higher learning. Prompting an informal town hall meeting UNM President Robert Frank likened to a…
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Organized Crime Targets Higher Education

Thousands of students with dreams of higher education have had their educational careers seriously disrupted in the northeastern border region of Mexico. In the state of Tamaulipas, for instance, extortion and threats of violence attributed to the Zetas and Gulf Cartel have forced the closure of the University of the Valley of Mexico (UVM) in…
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New Mexico Students Walk Out over Standardized Testing

From north to south and points in between, New Mexico public school students are escalating a fight against standardized testing. The immediate focus of the protest is the awkwardly-named Partnership and Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC), an instrument which is being administered for the first time this year in the Land…
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Mexico Chucks Test Bonuses, National Exam

A controversial, national student test is now history in Mexico. Accompanied by other federal officials, Education Secretary Emilio Chuayfett announced this week that the ENLACE exam will be discontinued, as well as the policy of financially compensating educators and students for good test results.  In a press conference, Chuayfett said ENLACE was plagued with improper…
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The Showdown over Education Reform

Recently approved by the Mexican Congress and ratified by a majority of state legislatures, the country’s new education law is touted as a centerpiece of the Pact for Mexico agreed to by the nation’s major political parties. Currently, an intense media campaign is underway to promote a law that reforms articles 3 and 73 of…
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Returning Migrant Children Pose Educational Challenge

In different migrant-sending regions of Mexico, educators are coping with the new challenge of teaching children of return migrants who speak little or no Spanish. In the north-central state of Zacatecas, for instance, 150 teachers began a crash course this month in English to help them communicate with new students coming from the United States….
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Mormons in the Borderlands

Mitt Romney’s run for the presidency has cast some attention on the little-known history of Mormon settlement in the northern Mexican states of Chihuahua and Sonora.  The Republican hopeful’s father,  former Michigan Governor George Romney, was born into one of the Mormon settler families;  the  Romneys still have family ties in the state of Chihuahua….
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Anti-Austerity Fight Crosses Borders

In the three member nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), austerity is the buzzword in public education. But in Canada, Mexico and the United States, popular mobilizations continue in support of the right to a quality public education. On a visit to Mexico this past week, a Los Angeles teachers’ union leader…
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Ciudad Juarez’s Revolutionary Jewel

Next, month Ciudad Juarez’s new historical-cultural gem will celebrate its first anniversary. Built as part of the 2010 Bicentennial/Centennial commemoration of the  1810 War of Independence and 1910 Revolution, the Museum of the Border Revolution (Muref) offers visitors a unique glimpse of Mexico’s early 20th century revolutionary upheaval, especially the strategic role Ciudad Juarez played…
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A Reminder to Teachers

For educators focused on New Mexico and borderlands history in general, Frontera NorteSur offers resources for the classroom. A trip to the FNS website will open a link to our special section on the New Mexico Centennial commemoration currently underway this year. Located on the menu to the left of the page, the New Mexico…
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