Americans In Mexico Getting Educated
JOHN M. DERBY
February 9, 2017
would American parents want to put their children in a Mexican
Here in Bahai Conception, that is exactly what one parent
has done with three of her sons.
She has taken them out of school in California, and enrolled
them in the local school where they are the only ones who
The result is a big benefit to them and the other students
in the school who are struggling with English.
Meanwhile, the parent feels the experience is worth the
effort. Her sons may fall a little behind in some of their
classes in California, however, the trade off is they will
come home with a good grasp of Spanish.
They do actually teach formal Spanish to children in Mexican
schools because the local Spanish used is far from correct
While at school the American students are used by the Mexican
teachers to help teach the Mexican students the proper pronunciation
of English as we speak it.
Mexican schools might seem lax by American standards, however,
there are many side benefits. For instance, the classes
taught are directed at the jobs available.
Our Baja California area is dependent on tourism for a lot
of the local income. So the Mexican school actually has
a class on tourism.
This is a lesson our schools in California might learn from.
We are graduating students from colleges and universities
with degrees — but no one seems to question if there
are jobs for the students once they graduate.
Meanwhile, south-of-the-border, Mexican students will be
more prepared for the actual jobs. Some of those skills
include cooking, and even making cocktails.
There is also a copper mine which pays the best wages in
the area. They need workers who are better educated than
the average. So the trade schools here, teach metallurgy,
and some basics in mining.
One student who recently completed higher education with
the assistance of a paid scholarship from Los Amigos, got
a job in the copper mine and used his pay to build himself
a home in Mulege (the closest town to us).
We might note here, that there is no such thing as a bank
loan to help pay for building a home in our area. Homes
are built by their owners, and sometimes these homes take
years to complete.
Getting back to the American students attending the Mexican
school … The parent from the United States also gets
the benefit of being able to take her kids out of school
while she is enjoying a vacation in Mexico. Apparently this
is with the full approval of her local school in California.
She and her children are getting the best of two different