ERIC Number: ED224739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
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Education as Literacy for Freedom: Implications for Latin America and the Caribbean from an Upward Bound Project.
Dottin, Erskine S.
The Upward Bound Project for low income youth in Florida emphasizes humanistic education rather than education based on the capitalistic model of production, consumption, and competition. The project, which can serve as a model for education in developing countries, focuses on creating self-concepts and values to counteract those of an acquisitive society. In a free enterprise society, the economic system dictates social relations among people and the educational process. The Upward Bound project, however, focuses on the social change goals of a person's being a subject rather than an object, valuing responsibility over authority, learning through creativity, being autonomous rather than conformist, and valuing cooperation over competition and community over excessive individualism. Participants' work is not graded, authority is decentralized, financial resources are pooled, and participants tutor each other. When developing countries are influenced to restructure their systems to favor free enterprise, they become dependent on the "having" mode of existence. The Upward Bound Project would foster peace over greed. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Caribbean; Latin America; Upward Bound