Hopes and challenges for the new civic education in Mexico: toward a democratic citizen without adjectives
International Journal of Educational Development Volume 24, Number 3 ISSN 0738-0593 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This paper presents the main goals and themes, as well as a critical analysis, of an ambitious new reform of Mexico’s secondary-level program for civic education. It begins with a brief historical review of the modern Mexican secondary school, as well as a thematic analysis of the new published curriculum and study program, which puts heavy emphasis on the development of democratic citizenship skills and habits. The paper then draws on interview research to highlight some of the challenges that national and local actors have identified for the program’s successful implementation. Because the new program espouses a progressive democratic pedagogy in the absence of a supportive democratic political culture, an appropriate structure of school governance, or adequate training for in-service teachers, many actors expressed skepticism about whether the reform could meaningfully take hold.
Levinson, B.A.U. Hopes and challenges for the new civic education in Mexico: toward a democratic citizen without adjectives. International Journal of Educational Development, 24(3), 269-282. Elsevier Ltd.