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3 Oregon High Schools to Adapt Mexican Curriculum

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Some Oregon high schools are adopting Mexico's public school curriculum to help educate Spanish-speaking students with textbooks, an online Web site, DVDs and CDs provided free by Mexico to teach math, science and even U.S. history.

If you wonder why - don't. It is because Mexico has common standards and less of a strangle hold on curriculum by big text book companies. Oregon is small so the textbook companies design specific texts to the big states: Florida, California, and Texas. Oregon gets a compilation of 47 other states - thus under one company Oregon's math book is 25% bigger than the big states.

What surprises me is that Mexico feels knowledge is so important it gives it away. We charge for it. The Education Complex - big and small businesses make money off of our kids. Does it really have to be that way? Well, no. Just look south to Mexico.

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