MEXICAN EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Educational Opportunity Areas in Mexico, can be classified in two groups:
1. Related to the Environment:
- Lack of joint working between School-Parents-Teachers-Community
- Educational Philosophy rootless without national identity
2. At School:
- PISA (2012) OECD (1): Mexico had the lowest score, expressing two years of under achievement.
- The Learning Curve (2014) (2): The score was -1.6 points occupying the position 38 / 40.
- TIMSS & PIRLS (3): Scoring very below the international average.
Recent market research (5) prepared by our consultant, provides some additional concerns noted by local mothers in relation to the education in Mexico:
- Extensive programs that promote to study by memory
- Limited teacher preparation (6)
- Bullying on the rise
- Lack of career guidance to identify skills
- Lack of promotion of sports and teamwork
FROM THE FOREGOING, IT FOLLOWS THAT THE EDUCATIONAL SCENE IS QUITE COMPLEX IN MEXICO AND CHOOSING THE IDEAL SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILDREN IS NOT AN EASY TASK.
(1) Program for International Student assesment (2012) coordinated by the Organization for Economic, Cooperation and Development, held in 15 year old students that are finishing High School , that asses skills and knowledge to participate in modern society.
(2) Pearson Leraning Curve that analyzes the global index of cognitive skills and educational level.
(3) TIMSS (2011) International Mathematics and Natural Science and PIRLS (2011) International Study Progress in International Reading Literacy Hosted by Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), Boston College. Applied to students in 4th grade.
(4) Indicator created by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to measure countries´development with 3 variables ( life expecatncy, GDP per capita and education level). This index is between 0 and 1.
(5) ALPHA Market Research on Educational Satisfaction Levels of Mothers ABC1 June 2014
(6) In the 6th National Competition for Teachers Places (2014) 53% failed with scores below 6. In the International Study of Teaching and Leraning (TALIS 2013) 64% of school principals reported lack of qualified teachers in their institution (doublé of TALIS average).