Markets in everything?: Mexico edition

by on October 18, 2008 at 8:40 pm in Education | Permalink

Tens of thousands of teachers are blocking highways and seizing
government buildings across Mexico to protest a federal education
reform ending their longtime practice of selling their jobs or giving
them to their children.

…At the heart of the conflict is the "Alliance for Quality Education," a
national plan to professionalize teachers and hold them accountable for
their students’ performances. The plan was ratified in May by Mexican
President Felipe Calderon and Elba Esther Gordillo, the leader of the
country’s 1.6 million-member National Education Workers Union, and sent
to Mexico’s 31 state governments and Federal District for approval.

To buy a good teaching job costs at least $6,000.  Here is the article.  This issue is very important for the future of Mexico.  I thank John Thacker for the pointer.

MH October 18, 2008 at 9:14 pm

If the reformers succeed, can you please send them to Pittsburgh.

Isaac Crawford October 18, 2008 at 10:41 pm

The head of an anti-corruption committee in Yemen was forced to resign when he championed the idea that government officials should not be able to hand the position down to their sons… That is only possible at the upper levels of course, so the idea got shot down pretty quickly. Most people assume the son of Ali Abdulla Salah will assume the throne, er, I mean presidency once “Uncle Ali” steps down…

Isaac Crawford

Scott Wood October 19, 2008 at 1:39 am

You’ve got to admit, as bad as American Teachers’ unions are, they wouldn’t have the chutzpah to do this.

Anonymous October 19, 2008 at 2:12 am

“You’ve got to admit, as bad as American Teachers’ unions are, they wouldn’t have the chutzpah to do this.”

i can just see the new slogan of the american federation of teachers:

we may retard the improvement of the education system…but it could be worse. at least we don’t demand a royalty before we demand our pension.

JSK October 19, 2008 at 7:09 am

Steve: This has nothing to do with education reform in Mexico. Well, except that your story features a Mexican. :P But seriously, get over yourself.

mik October 19, 2008 at 6:23 pm


Americans are the children of the Reformation, and their origins are those of the modern world; we Mexicans are the children of the Spanish empire, the champions of the Counterreformation, a movement that opposed the new modernity and failed.

Well, Spain is doing rather well, especially comparing to Mexico.

Any explanation for that?

Large difference in average IQ between Mexicans and Spanish must not be mentioned.

Slocum October 20, 2008 at 7:50 am

You know, on second thought, the market in teaching jobs could be a useful measure of whether a job is under compensated or over compensated. If the compensation levels are correct, the price of the position should be $0 (since opportunities elsewhere are just as good, there’s no reason to pay for this one).

I wonder what a permanent tenured teaching job would sell for here in Michigan at the current average salary of $57K? Ford was offering up to $140K to buy out hourly workers:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/15/business/15ford.html

And this was to give up jobs in a company whose long-term future was questionable anyway. So what would a 100% secure lifetime job in Michigan go for at a salary of $57K with a 3 month summer sabbatical every year and gold-plated benefits? $250K? More?

some guy October 20, 2008 at 5:50 pm

One word: Franco

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