This Mexican Town Shows Why Distance Learning Is Impossible for Many

By Isaac Philips

Despite investment in "tele-schools," poor planning and a lack of program continuity have left rural communities with few ways to connect.

HUEYAPAN, Mexico –  A remote school year has just started for students all over Mexico But it’s unlikely to work in places like this hilltop town of 2,000 in the Huasteca mountains of Puebla state With the pandemic still raging, students are meant to log into internet platforms and virtual classrooms The government plan will also use television programming, staggered for different age groups over the course of the day, and several Mexican TV networks will carry classes  But in Hueyapan, even over-the-air TV signals are spotty The primary link to the outside world is a...

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