ERIC Number: EJ778385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 32
Education in Cuba--An Alternative Educational Discourse: Lessons to Be Learned?
Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, v37 n5 p617-634 Oct 2007
This article focuses on the Cuban education system, which is well known for its focus on inclusion and equality of opportunity, but also for its focus on political and ideological conformity. The economic crisis in Cuba has led to an educational crisis as well, both in terms of teacher shortages and a decrease in quality and in political/ideological commitment. In 2001 a comprehensive transformation of the education system in Cuba was introduced. This transformation followed in the wake of "the battle of ideas," a campaign introduced to mobilize the youth for the defence of the revolution. The article critically examines the ideas and ideology behind the transformation policy and discusses the problem of ideological exclusion, despite the inclusiveness of the system (free education). Education in Cuba has not received a cent from the World Bank or the International Monetary Fund since the revolution, but is still reputed to have one of the best school systems (if not the best) in the developing world. The article discusses this claim (what is meant by best?) and examines the lessons to be learnt from the Cuban educational experience. Its uniqueness in a global perspective--what the author defines as cultural capital more or less universally distributed--represents an alternative educational route that ought to be studied carefully by other countries in both the south and north.
Descriptors: Global Approach, Teacher Shortage, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Experience, Inclusive Schools, Equal Education, Politics of Education, Ideology, Economic Factors, Educational Quality, Change Strategies, Educational Finance, Social Capital, Educational History
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Cuba