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.
Chapter 1. Comrade Jesus
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As critical educators we take pride in our search for meaning, and our metamorphosis of consciousness has taken us along many different paths, to different places, if not in a quest for truth, then at least to purchase more perspicuous conditions of possibility from which to inaugurate a radical reconstruction of society through educational, political and spiritual transformation. The different pathways I have trodden in my intellectual as well as my activist work has taken me to the rare book collections of libraries throughout the world, to radical bookshops selling cheap plaster busts of Marx, to coffee shops where stacks of second hand anarchist works were free for the taking, to streets convulsed in tear gas and chants demanding freedom, to the favelas and barrios of grassroots activists, to meeting places in communities where the land had been seized by the campesinos, to South African classrooms in shack dweller communities, to alternative community centers in Roma neighborhoods, to education conferences in Muslim and Hindu countries, to schools where martyred teachers adorn the murals on the walls, to universities occupied by radical students and to the mahogany and brass offices of university administrators. Our journey has also taken us along different spiritual pathways no less important to us. It has taken me from Buddhist temples in Thailand, to Taoist temples in China, to Shinto temples in Japan, to Christian churches throughout Europe, to the Vatican, to Maori...
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