Universities: Latin America's Classroom Chaos

Higher education in Latin America gains world attention only when students riot, which they seem to do somewhere at least once a month, or when governments crack down on them. Lately, the schools in the news have been those of Argentina, where President Juan Carlos Ongania has attempted to curb the universities' tradition of freedom from government control.

After Ongania imposed strict new rules on Argentina's nine national universities last month, students rioted, six rectors resigned, and nearly half of the 2,000 teachers at the big (81,000 students) University of Buenos Aires...

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