“The children are wasting their time in school”

Inside their cool adobe house the children are happy to remain snuggled under their warm blankets while their mother, Johana, lights the wood fire. They are on summer vacation. Johana thinks that her children are wasting their time in school. The classes are overcrowded, often sixty to seventy children in each room, and Johana does not like the teachers. “They come from the city to teach but don’t bother to learn Cakchiquel [the native language],” she complains. “Our children have to learn Spanish to be educated.”

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