In weeks leading up to the first day of school, Mexican teachers pored through millions of textbooks to correct spelling, punctuation, and factual errors.
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Mexican children trooped back into their classrooms Monday, and they were getting a quick lesson: Not just school kids make mistakes.
Their brand new textbooks have the kinds of errors that they are supposed to be learning not to make: words written with a "c'' instead of an "s," too many commas, not enough accents and at least one city located in the wrong state.
The foul-up is becoming a national embarrassment in the midst of a planned government overhaul of Mexico's much criticized school system. Teachers are being given a list of the errors so they can try to manually correct at least 117 mistakes that the Education Department has acknowledged it found only after 235 million elementary textbooks were being printed.
"It's unfortunate these things happen with the children's textbooks," said Consuelo Mendoza, president of the national parent teachers association. "We are talking about the education of millions of children."