At home in Matamoros, Juárez Correa found himself utterly absorbed by these ideas. And the more he learned, the more excited he became. On August 21, 2011—the start of the school year — he walked into his classroom and pulled the battered wooden desks into small groups. When Paloma and the other students filed in, they looked confused. Juárez Correa invited them to take a seat and then sat down with them.
He started by telling them that there were kids in other parts of the world who could memorize pi to hundreds of decimal points. They could write symphonies and build robots and airplanes. Most people wouldn’t think that the students at José Urbina López could do those kinds of things. Kids just across the border in Brownsville, Texas, had laptops, high-speed Internet, and tutoring, while in Matamoros the students had intermittent electricity, few computers, limited Internet, and sometimes not enough to eat.
“But you do have one thing that makes you the equal of any kid in the world,” Juárez Correa said. “Potential.”
He looked around the room. “And from now on,” he told them, “we’re going to use that potential to make you the best students in the world.”
Paloma was silent, waiting to be told what to do. She didn’t realize that over the next nine months, her experience of school would be rewritten, tapping into an array of educational innovations from around the world and vaulting her and some of her classmates to the top of the math and language rankings in Mexico.
“So,” Juárez Correa said, “what do you want to learn?”
I am writing a research paper for my introduction to educational policy analysis class and I came across this article.
When I finished reading it:
I just couldn’t contain the feels. I started crying out of joy. This is what gives me hope for Mexico. Amazing people who go out of their way to provide hope for the young people of Mexico like Mr. Juarez Correa. His teaching method is genius!
The Mexican government should hire people like Mr. Juarez Correa to create and effective education reform…not that dumb and stupid “education reform” that the government plans on introducing. Oh that’s right. We are talking about a corrupt government that works hand-in-hand with cartels and monopolies. Thousands of teachers are protesting as I type this against this education reform, but the government itself is disguising police as civilians or hiring civilians to take down the protests and awareness about their stupid reform. The corrupt Mexican government who instead of aiming towards creating a not just smart but educated, competent and skilled working population wants to create even more “ninis” (slang term for drop-out who do absolutely nothing) to market to foreign investors as a cheap labor force and a labor force for it’s drug-selling buddies.
Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried
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