Communist Ideology Will Indoctrinate Mexican Students

Hundreds of thousands of Mexican children will be indoctrinated with communist propaganda through textbooks delivered by the National Coordinator of Education Workers

Six thousand schools in the Mexican state of Michoacan will receive texts with communist propaganda from the teachers’ union. (PanAm Post photo montage)

The National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) will provide textbooks to hundreds of thousands of Mexican children in 6,000 schools and indoctrinate them with communist propaganda. The material ranges from Karl Marx to the link between Mexico and Cuban communism since the yacht called Granma that transported Che Guevara, and the Castro brothers sailed from its shores.

Instead of learning the contradiction of having the greatest critics of capitalism travel in luxury boats where they would later smoke cigars and wear Rolex gold watches, Mexico’s children will be indoctrinated to rewrite the continent’s history.

The children will read that the conquest of America was pillage while in the case of Mexico, it was made possible by alliances between indigenous peoples enslaved by the Aztecs – who demanded human sacrifices – and the Spaniards of the day.

Hernan Cortes, the conqueror of Mexico, himself commissioned the construction of the Hospital del Jesus in 1524, the first in the country that still stands today. From the beginning of the Spanish presence, there was an investment in infrastructure; not a looting as Mexico now pretends intending to indoctrinate children.

The texts also praise the Sandinista Revolution, which featured Daniel Ortega, the guerrilla who is now Nicaragua’s dictator.

Contrary to the democratic order, the first lady is his vice-president. The citizens’ discontent with his administration has ended in brutal repression against the demonstrators who dare to question the tyrant.

According to local human rights organizers, since the protests began in April 2018, at least 595 Nicaraguans have been killed, of whom the regime has recognized 199.

International observers such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights recorded 322 assassinations and demanded greater transparency in access to information from the regime. Consequently, the government proceeded to expel the observers from the country.

These are the heroes that the children of Mexico will learn about, thanks to the teachers’ union run by CNTE.

There are 48 books in total: 28 for the primary school and 20 for the secondary school. The development is in the hands of the teachers of Section 18 of the CNTE, as part of the Democratic Education and Culture Program for Michoacan.

The local newspaper, El Universal, reports extracts from the texts that include chapters dedicated to Hugo Chávez, stoked with terms such as “patriotic sentiment” and “popular rebellion.”

Victor Manuel Zavala, leader of Section 18, announced that the books will replace the existing ones and will be delivered the next school year. The National Commission for Free Textbooks (Conaliteg) is in charge of the distribution.

Erik Avilés, director of Mexicanos Primero in Michoacan, says that the government of Michoacan finances these texts with resources they collect when they ask parents for between 15 USD and 26 USD per educational package. When the money is not enough, photocopies are given out.

He asserts that the books are ideologically charged and preach isolationist and insular rhetoric because they are faithful to the narrative of socialism of the 21st century and therefore the Bolivarian propaganda.

“Using education as indoctrination is very risky.”

“It is very risky to use education as a tool of indoctrination through these books and teachers who think alike. It has been one of the big fights of the previous century since secularism. Education must be free of fanaticism because it is not only secular in a religious sense,” says Roberto Rodriguez, a UNAM researcher.

During the process of state secularization, education, which was historically the function of the church in the American continent, was established as secular in Article 3 of the Magna Carta.

However, in 1934, Lazaro Cardenas, a constitutionalist army general who was president of the PRI, amended Article 3 to establish that “education shall be socialist” in the Constitution.

“In bourgeois society,” Marx wrote, “the past dominates the present; in a communist society, the present dominates the past.”

As AMLO’s administration is rewriting history, it is confirming suspicions of making Mexico more socialist.

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