Tag Archives: Normalistas

One Hundred Years of Normal Schools

Whitewashing the past, de-radicalizing it, polishing the sharpest edges of its emancipatory episodes has been a recurrent obsession of our modernizing elites. But, despite the endless repression agains rural normal schools and their students, as Luis Hernández Navarro points out, they are not going away.

Mactumactzá in the Crosshairs

In the wake of the violent detention of 95 students of Mactumactzá, Tanalis Padilla provides this excellent 3-minute history of the legacy and struggle of the Rural Normal Schools in Mexico.

The Struggle of Chiapas Normalistas to Survive: Expulsions, Less Money and Fewer Places

State police evicted and detained students from the rural normal school of Mactumactzá in Chiapas who were demanding the in-person application of their new entrance exam. All 95 students detained now face the crimes of rioting, gang membership, robbery with violence, damages and attacks on communication routes. Relatives, students and teachers marched to demand the release of the students.