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ERIC Number: EJ868818
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
Guided by a Red Star: The Cuban Literacy Campaign and the Challenge of History
McLaren, Peter
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v7 n2 p51-65 Nov 2009
This article features the book "Rebel Literacy: Cuba's National Literacy Campaign and Critical Global Citizenship," by Mark Abendroth, a step-child of the Critical Pedagogy Program at the University of Saint Thomas. As a scholar-activist, Abendroth has produced a courageous and prescient volume that will impact the field of critical pedagogy for years to come. Each page of this volume will repay the reader mightily in its creative retelling of the Cuban National Literacy Campaign--undeniably among the world's greatest educational accomplishments of the 20th century. This book is much more than a retelling, it is also a rethinking of the very meaning of literacy and critical citizenship today. The book demythologizes the Cuba that US capitalists have constructed for public consumption through the hegemonizing powers of the corporate media; not only does it show the vibrant and courageous history of Cuba's march towards socialism and participatory democracy, it makes a profound case for high-quality education as a international human right. In highlighting various dimensions of community and egalitarianism as revolutionary values that still intrinsically animate youth culture in Cuba, Abendroth not only advances a powerful critique of US educational imperatives that link educational performance with possessive individualism, earning capacity and the ability to consume, but also makes a powerful case for critical pedagogy and popular education as a transnational social movement--in fact, a way to make people's power a reality, a way of life, and a possible praxis. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cuba