Chilean citizens’ opinions on education


Political and cultural differences between Chile and the United States would surprise citizens of both countries. Jeff Wade, a BYU student who worked to document Chile’s student movement in June, observed how common it is for young people to aspire to be politicians.

“I’m eight years into college, and I’m still not into politics at all. High schoolers … are very aware of political issues, and everyone in Santiago had an opinion,” Wade said.

Universidad Mayor journalism students Cecilia Acevedo, María José Cortés, Claudio Dávila, Michelle Griño, Javiera Meneses, Nicolás Ponce, Yordan Ponce and Diego Vega report their country’s student movement to raise awareness even among non-students.

“The student movement has acquired an enormous importance, which has carried it to the current authorities to implement and foster certain changes,” Vega said. “The main problem with Chilean education is quality, and there’s where reform should begin.”

These students conducted street interviews in Santiago, Chile. Here are just a few of the responses they received. (Click on their pictures to see comments.)

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