Principally Women: Gender in the Politics of Mexican Education (2006)

Chapter from Changing Structure of Mexico: Political, Social, and Economic Prospects (Columbia University Seminar Series)

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Publication Date: 2006
Author/Publisher: Fernando Reimers/M.E. Sharpe
Language: English
ISBN: 0765614049, from Changing Structure Of Mexico: Political, Social, And Economic Prospects (Columbia University Seminar Series)

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Increasing efficiency of education is a major goal in Mexico, as in much of Latin America. Education provides much of the human and social capital needed for effective participation in society and at work. Fernando Reimers argues that serious improvements in the quality of education mustfocus on questions of purpose as well as of efficiency in the delivery of education. Reimers shows how in Mexico there are serious problems that undermine the effectiveness of school principals: part of the explanation for the lack of efficiency in education lies with social attitudes that favor men and make it difficult for women to advance in their professions. This in turn creates deep problems for the purpose of teaching students an egalitarian and tolerant set of values, essential to effective citizenship in a democratic society. Reimers demonstrates how to productively combine a focus on the purposes of schools with a focus on the efficiency of education delivery.


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