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Against the Grain - July 3, 2012 at 12:00pm

Against the Grain, for July 3, 2012 - 12:00pm

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As part of its effort to build a socialist society, the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) has worked to transform education, drawing on the ideas and inspiration of Paulo Freire and several Soviet educational theorists. Rebecca Tarlau explains.

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'Education' is not school.

'Education' is not school. Bringing age-segregated groups to an institutional structure in order to tell them what to know fits force we're trying to remove from our necks.
We need to live together, discover together, play and work .
Schooling for social struggle is best to do. But it does not display what 'education' is/should be. It shows what one facet of getting together for a purpose should and can be. Education for revolution is the opposite of school in capitalism.

Thanks for this

Thanks for this discussion.

Of the early Soviet pedagogists mentioned, there's no entry in wiki for Moishe Pistrak in any language I searched (but please try Cyrillic ones), but English wiki has one for Anton Makarenko (1888-1939), providing five English-language links (two of his own works can be found there). (Pistrak is mentioned however in one of the links, a discussion of Dewey & Makarenko.)

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