Socialization Through Education The Mexican Way

Roderic Ai Camp

in Mexico's Mandarins

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233430
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936386 | DOI:
Socialization Through Education The Mexican Way

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This chapter describes the role of mentors in national education and education's important influence on power elite values and attitudes. In Mexico, there are substantial differences in the curricular content and ideological setting of private and public universities, and even within specific institutions, regardless of funding sources. Two public institutions have educated the largest and most diverse group of Mexican power elites, the National Preparatory School and the National University. Two kinds of professional schools are responsible for educating a large portion (more than a third) of Mexico's leaders: military academies and religious seminaries. Education provides a source of many future military mentors, career officers who themselves offer the vast majority of instruction in the armed forces. The most notable Mexican seminary in the power elite is the Palafoxian Seminary in Puebla.

Keywords: Mexican power elites; national education; mentors; Mexico; military academies; religious seminaries; National Preparatory School; National University

Chapter.  12089 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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