An noteworthy piece of legislation in Mexico, passed by its house of representatives, raises the school day for elementary and junior high to eight hours, from the current four and a half. The Senate still has to do the same.
This is one step, among many, toward providing public school education that is up to the times and offers poor and working-class kids real education.
For years, Mexican public school education has been filled with rote memorization, a lot of patriotic ceremonies, and the day ends early, to boot: 12:30 pm or 1 pm in many areas.
Next step will be finding ways of improving the quality of the instruction. And finding the money to cover the increase in costs.