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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.)

I taught gr 3/4 in BC Canada

I taught gr 3/4 in BC Canada for almost 20 years, retired a few years ago. Last some years I used lots of consensus decision making with the kids to determine study goals, criteria, etc. (Within parameters of provincial curriculum guidelines). It was so wonderful to "release control" to the extent possible. I felt much more like a facilitator than "the boss", and so enjoyed the spirit of cooperation. What I hear described in this interview sounds like what I'd like to see education be! I don't think humanity can find its way to truly cooperative societies that nurture individual talent/interest in context of vibrant community without something like what is being described by Rebecca Tarlau. I'm so impressed that this has been and is such a large movement, already in place, somewhere on earth! I'm so glad Rebecca is studying and sharing on this!

Very good show! A good

Very good show! A good project for the Berkeley Occupy movement.

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