Monday is the start of school for millions of students in Mexico. The opposition now wants the government to withdraw the books so that they will not begin to be distributed and used in teaching.
This sparked a major row between leftist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and conservative elements in the opposition, who took the matter to court.
In the northern states of Chihuahua and Coahuila, the Supreme Court decided to withdraw the two books, which was strongly criticized by the president.
The textbook dispute also led to protests in parts of the country.
Marco Cortes, leader of Ban’s conservative party, is in the midst of campaigning for the 2024 presidential election. He calls on parents to “totally destroy books”.
But President Lopez Obrador called the dispute “political,” instigated by conservatives. At the same time, the scholastic literature has received criticism for containing factual errors.
In the southern state of Chiapas, parents burned books they considered “demonic” because they taught “communism, homosexuality and lesbianism.”
“This kind of ideology leads to pedophilia,” says a local evangelical pastor.
“This is from the Middle Ages,” López Obrador says of book burning, which reminds us something “of the Inquisition.”
His government believes that the new books are characterized by the country’s diversity and the idea of everyone’s shared responsibility towards society.
School authorities in at least eight of Mexico’s 32 states have refused to use textbooks.
Although the Supreme Court has issued two injunctions, no position has yet been taken on the matter.
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