In 1997, the Indigenous people of Oaxaca, Mexico offered a public declaration: “The school has been the main tool of the State to destroy the culture of Indigenous people.” This was a historical truth. In Mexico, like in other countries, the educational system was born with the obsession of ‘de-indianising’ the Indians. After this declaration, some Indigenous communities began to close schools.

Two years later, tests showed that children not going to school were better prepared in everything than those going to school. Yet the communities were still concerned. How could their young people continue ...


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