Education: Rightist Fortress

Proudest achievement of the socialist-minded Mexican Government is its school system. In 1910 Mexico had only 600 State-supported schools and 70% of its citizens were illiterate. But the post-revolution constitution of 1917 decreed free, secular education for all. By 1921 President Obregón began to send missionaries into the rural districts to establish secular schools. A constitutional amendment in 1934 gave the Government control of all primary and secondary education, directed that it should be socialistic. Today, despite the bitter opposition of the Roman Catholic Church to the new educational plan, Mexico has some...

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