Mexico Spends Less on Education than Other OECD Countries

education - pile of booksTeleSur TV 11/24/2015

The Mexican government ranks last in annual spending per student among the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries, according to a new report made public on Tuesday.

The OECD report, “Education at a Glance 2015,” also revealed that Mexico spends less then US$4,000 per student compared to the OECD average of around US$10,000. Currently, the OECD, which was created in 1960, has 34 member countries, including Chile, Mexico, Austria, Australia, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and Canada, among others.

The findings come despite seeing an increase in investment towards education as a percentage of the country’s GDP, which rose from 4.4 percent in 2000 to 5.2 percent in 2012.

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Heads of Spanish language academies meet in Mexico

dictionary_spanish_englishFox News Latino 11/23/2015

The 15th Congress of the Association of Spanish Language Academies was inaugurated Monday with words about the good health of the language and the need to continue exploring its diversity in order to keep strengthening it.

Taking part in the ceremony were the directors of the Royal Spanish Academy, Dario Villanueva, of the Mexican Academy, Javier Labastida, and the head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat, Rebeca Grynspan, among other dignitaries.

Villanueva emphasized the role of the Americas in developing Spanish, the world’s No. 2 language in terms of the number of native speakers.

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INTERVIEW-Ex-President Fox sees all drugs legal in Mexico in 5-10 years

11/18/2015 Thomson Reuters Foundation

Vicente_Fox_2MEXICO CITY, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The legalization of marijuana is inevitable in drug-scarred Mexico following a key court ruling, former President Vicente Fox says, forecasting that even drugs such as cocaine, heroin and crystal meth will be legally available within a decade.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court gave approval to growing marijuana for recreational use, a landmark decision that blasts open the door for an eventual legalization in Mexico, where warring gangs sparked a decade of drug violence.

“It’s now irreversible … This will lead to legalization,” Fox, who was president between 2000 and 2006 and became an advocate of legalizing drugs after leaving office, said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

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Mexico’s Teachers Gird for Mandatory Performance Tests

education - pile of booksWall Street Journal 11/13/2015

MEXICO CITY—Mexican teachers have taken to the streets for years to demand everything from higher wages to automatic jobs for new graduates. But starting this weekend, they will be mobilizing by the thousands for a quite different reason: to take the first teacher performance tests in Mexico’s history.

Around 126,000 primary and secondary school teachers, and 29,000 high-school teachers, are required to take the exams between this weekend and December. The evaluations are the core feature of an education overhaul that President Enrique Peña Nieto says is the most important part of his general agenda for reform.

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Cities must take lead role in tackling climate change, says Mexico City mayor

11/12/2015 The Guardian

miguel angel manceraOnce notorious for air pollution, Mexico City’s ability to clean its skies has shown it can also be a leader in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, according to the city’s mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera.

Speaking at the signing of a new pledge to commit the equivalent of 10% of the city’s discretionary budget to “defined resilience goals” – many of which are environment-related – Mancera stressed the role that megacities will have to play in tackling global warming.

“Cities are drivers for change,” he told the Guardian. “Countries should change direction and pay attention to the lead provided by cities.”

At the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris – where national negotiators will try to put in place a new deal to slow the pace of global warming – Mexico City will join the C40 group of megacities in promoting cuts in CO2, managing waste more efficiently, and making better use of water resources.

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Cuba detente creates migrant crisis in Mexico


Financial Times 11/9/2015

As Cuban president Raúl Castro met Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Friday to strengthen trade ties and smooth over past tensions, a new political problem was mounting in the south with the huge influx of Cubans flowing across Mexico’s border.

Almost 6,500 Cubans arrived in Mexico en route to the US in the first nine months of the year, more than five times as many as a year earlier, according to official statistics. And the numbers have continued to surge. Mexico’s national migration institute, INM, said that more than 8,000 Cubans have been processed in Mexico so far this year.

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Mexico’s sugar clinics help patients gain control over diabetes

cocaPBS NewsHour 11/9/2015

In Mexico, over 70 percent of citizens are overweight or obese and 14 percent of Mexican adults now suffer from diabetes, though half of those affected aren’t even aware they have the disease. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the struggle to bring the disease under control.

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