Chocolate, Avocado and Tomato

More Mexican people migrate to the United States than die each year, says a new government report.

And now a new law in Mexico City will make learning Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs, part of the mandatory school curriculum beginning next fall.

The program probably is intended more to connect students with the roots of civilization than to force them to fret about conjugations and declensions that addled generations before who struggled with Latin and Greek, but the one thought keeps coming into my head. How many students will throw in the towel and decide to pack up and leave rather than deal with an ancient tongue hardly anyone speaks today? Or will the addition to the curriculum, which is really a pretty good idea, make schoolchildren appreciate their heritage more and stay?

Like the avocado, known as ahuacatl in Nahuatl and aguacate in Spanish, another leading export, migrants are more likely to come from Michoacán than Mexico City anyway.

One comment on “Chocolate, Avocado and Tomato

  1. Hmmm…not sure how much to believe in this, given that SEP sets the curriculum content at a federal level. Also, you are linking to a BBC article as the source and the BBC’s take on such things is usually biased in favour of “indigenous traditions” being kept to satisfy the sub-Rousseauian wistfulness of their left-liberal chatterati.
    “The language continued even despite attempts by the continent’s European colonisers to erase it from the cultural landscape.” Get real, the gauchupines have been here for more than 500 years so I think its pretty well established that Spanish is the lengua del dia, verdad?
    I mean, if “indigenous traditions” were so great, why don’t we still have Aztec human sacrifice?


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