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Pedagogy of Insurrection

From Resurrection to Revolution


Peter McLaren

«Pedagogy of Insurrection» by Peter McLaren has won the American Educational Research Association, Division B Outstanding Book Recognition Award 2016.

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.
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Chapter 6. Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy: A Conversation With Peter McLaren (With Peter McLaren and Sebastjan Leban)


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A Conversation With Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren and Sebastjan Leban

Sebastjan Leban: On your webpage you state that critical pedagogy, which you support and practice, advocates non-violent dissent, the development of a philosophy of praxis guided by a Marxist humanism, the study of revolutionary social movements and thought and the struggle for socialist democracy, which is diametrically opposite to the current neoliberal democracy. Can we say that you as a critical educator are basically leading a fight against a neoliberal global capitalist valorization of education?

Peter McLaren: Yes, that would be a very fair description. I am not alone, clearly, in this struggle. There are others within universities who work internationally towards the same goal. But it is also fair to say that in the U.S. there are very few of us in the field of education and the future in this regard looks irrepressibly bleak.

Well, let me put it this way. To their ongoing credit, there are those who are quite capable of engaging in a rigorous analysis of mounting sophisticated and nuanced attacks on the scoundrels and hypocrites of the White House, the gangster capitalists and political opportunists, the feckless cabal of Christian-Right “pro-family activists” who exercise their racism by warning about the coming “demographic winter” facing the U.S. unless the white population produces enough babies to achieve “replacement-level fertility,” and on the ← 225...

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