Daily Archives: July 8, 2010

Schools in Mexico adding “shoot-out drills” to curriculum

Although this blog focuses on U. S. schools, this USA Today article, while chilling, helps put the problems American schools face into perspective.

Schools across Mexico are teaching students to dive to the floor and cover their heads as the violence-torn country sees more urban gunfights between drug gangs.

At least nine shootouts have erupted in school zones since mid-October, three of them in the past month. On June 15, soldiers and gunmen battled for an hour 60 feet from a preschool in the central town of Taxco.

Several Mexican states require “shootout drills” and incorporate them into summer teacher-training courses, which will begin next week. School ends Friday in most of Mexico.