Schooling’s Influence on Children Participating in Cultural Resistance,
in Tepoztlán, Mexico

This project will investigate the influence of public schooling on children who are active participants, with their families and communities, in cultural resistance in the town of Tepoztlán, in central Mexico. Historically oppressed minority groups often seek to remove their children from public schooling, which they regard as seeking to draw students into a mainstream culture and build a national, rather than ethnic, identity. This pilot study—a collaboration with researchers at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Departamento de Educación y Comunicación, Mexico City—will examine the extent to which schooling does, or does not, change the moral code that a young child uses. Children in grades 1, 3 and 5 will be interviewed, individually and in small groups, about issues of concern to their town. Analysis of their responses will check for the presence of a ‘traditional’ or a ‘modern’ moral code. Children from traditional family backgrounds will be compared with children from more modern family backgrounds. The study will provide information useful to the design of schooling that is sensitive to the culture and values of children from minority, oppressed, and marginalized groups both in the United States and around the world.

 

Pictures and Story of Tepoztlán, Messico

Anales de Tepoztlán