Our Cruise: What I learned about Mexico

Did you know?
Newer houses in Mexico have to have a four stage water filtration system for sewage. It has to go through multiple stages until it goes back into the ground water cleaner than it came out. I saw a TV show on it once and it works well. I didn’t know they had it in Mexico though.

Mexico has compulsory education from age 5 to age 15. When they finish these ten years, they either go to work or they go to university. Mexico has multiple universities, including an MIT equivalent that is the third best in the world, but it doesn’t have as many universities as it has people who want to go to college. The University of Mexico has 40,000 students and 100,000 applicants a year. So one out of every 2.5 get to go. The rest don’t go to second tier schools, though. They just go to work.

That makes me wonder about the United States’ education system. We have compulsory education from 5-7 until 16, but to get almost any job you need to have a high school diploma, so that means 18. Plus I’d guess a third of our population go on to get college classes, at least. (I need to check on that when internet access isn’t $.75/min.)

Of course, Mexico’s wages are fixed to a minimum, like ours are. But theirs are a minimum a day, $4.70. No wonder they’ll work for $1/hr. That’s almost twice as much a day as they get back home.

I know those people are illegals and I object to their being allowed to stay in our country when they are illegal, but no wonder they’ll work for those prices.