.- The Bishopsâ Conference of Mexico said this week educational reform must not be politicized and must have as one of its primary goals the promotion of the best teachers possible.
In a statement signed by conference secretary, Bishop Jose Leopoldo Gonzalez, the bishops recognized the invaluable contribution of teachers âto the formation of the future generations, and consequently, to the progress of our country.â Children and young people learn âto socialize and develop their abilitiesâ at school, they said.
The bishops also pointed to the failures in Mexican education, such as the high drop-out rates and the lack of quality teaching. âThe quality of education is perhaps the most serious problem we face. Just as going to school and learning are not synonymous, neither are having a degree and being professional competent,â they said.
Therefore, the bishops continued, in response to proposed educational reform, âThe Church believes that what is most important is that all voices be heard, but most especially those of teachers.â
They went on emphasize the training of teachers as an important factor in âovercoming the problems of education in Mexico,â thus ensuring that Mexican schools are always staffed by the best teachers.