School is out
Since we will be leaving here in a few weeks, we decided the easter holiday made a good timing to take the kids out of school for the year. Both kids have both worked very hard in their classes and we have all learned a lot. And we are all happy it is done. No more rushing in the mornings to get them ready, no more taxi-ing them back and forth to the school, no more lunches and finally, no more long homework hours with tired kids.
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the schools here in Cuyutlan. I must admit that my biased-Canadian-mentality had me expecting otherwise. These are not kids who come from educated parents, nor from families that worry much about healthy living. The kids here eat candy/drink soda pop constantly, they often work after school to help bring in revenus for their families and sleep seems to be more of an afterthought than a priority. If this was Canada/USA, it would be a recipe for a tough school. However, as all us north americans must constantly remind ourselves — attitudes are different here. And often better.
The difference is the parents and teachers take pride in school. Despite often sleeping on dirt floors, the white uniforms of the children are always spotless. The kids are perfectly groomed and the school routine is strict. The teachers have the power to insure the kids do their work, the principal knows and cares for each child in the school, and the big one – the parents are involved and respect the system. This belief is passed on to the children. It shows that good schools are about perspective, not income.
A big thank-you to the mexican education system for allowing us (as foreign visitors!!) the chance to experience this beautiful system, learn spanish and be a part of your community.