From Resurrection to Revolution
Peter McLaren, named Outstanding Educator in America by the Association of Educators of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013 and winner of numerous awards for his scholarship and international political activism, has penned another classic work with Pedagogy of Insurrection. One of the educators that Ana Maria (Nita) Araújo Freire credits as an architect of what has come to be known worldwide as critical pedagogy, and who Paulo Freire named his ‘intellectual cousin,’ McLaren has consistently produced iconoclastic work that has been heralded by educators worldwide as among some of the most significant commentary on the state of education. He is Honorary President of the Instituto McLaren de Pedagogía Crítica y Educación Popular in Ensenada, México, and Honorary Director of the Center for Critical Pedagogy Research at Northeast Normal University in China.
This book was conceived several years ago, during a dark time in which it was difficult for me to maintain much faith in humanity. What existed around me seemed little more than a vortex of deep-seated repression, envy, political scapegoating and entrapment, self-interest and subterfuge. Solidarity, love, compassion and understanding seemed absent in the world. The survival and well-being of the oppressed seemed everywhere secondary to the petty needs of the non-oppressed. Coming to Chapman has taught me that spaces of solidarity, trust, friendship and a commitment to truth and dignity for every human being can survive within the walls of the academy. My deepest gratitude goes to Suzi Soohoo, Lilia Monzó, Tom Wilson, Don Cardinal and Anaida Colón-Muñiz for revealing a loving and compassionate side of the world of education and displaying such integrity and faith in our collective humanity as educators. And my most heartfelt thanks go to two women in my life. Jenny Jones I met and married in 1975; Wang Yan (Angie) I married in 2012. Without these two miracles in my life I could not continue to do the work to which I have committed my life. I am also indebted to Father Alan Roberts of Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland, New Zealand, who picked me up from the streets of despair and clothed and fed me spiritually until I was on my feet again.
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