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Pedagogy of Insurrection

From Resurrection to Revolution

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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 9. Radical Negativity: Music Education for Social Justice

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RADICAL NEGATIVITY

Music Education for Social Justice



Edgar Bauer, hurt by some chance remark, turned the tables and ridiculed the English snobs. Marx launched an enthusiastic eulogy on German science and music—no other country, he said, would have been capable of producing such masters of music as Beethoven, Mozart, Handel and Haydn, and the Englishmen who had no music were in reality far below the Germans who had been prevented hitherto only by their miserable political and economic conditions from accomplishing any great practical work, but who would yet outclass all other nations. So fluently I have never heard him speak English.1

Music can turn people on to politics, draw crowds to rallies, feed the soul with revolutionary fervor, expose the ruling class, etc. Pete Seeger, however, was correct in saying, “If music alone could change the world, then I’d only be a musician.” Most musicians are members of the working class and need to get down and dirty with their fellow workers if they are serious about changing the world. Just recently for example, we organized a benefit concert to promote California’s Proposition 47, and Delia and I also went knocking door-to-door to tell people to vote for it. This was a community effort that resulted in victory. We like to think that our part as musicians and activists played a small but important role. Now imagine if every band did the...

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