First off, I have children in Mexico. The news you see here is not what is going on there. The root of the problem is that the teachers don't want to take that test for the education reform. The teachers drag children to the prostest then throw Molotov cocktails thinking that because they have children there they are "safe" from retaliation. Also, if parents, don't support them there is retaliation. their homes, or businesses get burned or worse.
In the teachers view, This education reform has warped into the general discontent of the government.
Meanwhile, the parents want the reform. The parents have found out that the teachers are charging them money for uniforms, books, and even cleaning the school. and that the government has already paid the teachers for these things to be done. The teachers in Oaxaca only teach 1/2 of a day. The parade marching is in the morning, then maybe an hour of teaching, then recess, maybe 30 more minutes of teaching. Then lunch, and school is over.
The parents want the teachers to teach for 7 to 8 hours. The parents want honesty. They want the teachers to care and teach their children, instead of just pasing time for 1/2 of a day so they can get paid.
Parents want their children educated!
Parents want the teachers to take the test!
Parents want a full day of school!
Parents want the teachers to quit asking for money to fund books, uniforms, school cleaning, etc.
Teachers are fining parents if they don't help with anything they ask for.
Teachers are threatening to harm homes, business, and persons if they don't support the teacher strikes.
Teachers Don't want to teach. They like being able to sit for half and day and do nothing.
Also the smart kids get put to the back of the class. They don't get put ahead. they get held back.
I get this first hand from my family living in Oaxaca.
What you see in the news is not what is REALLY going on.