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.
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Peter McLaren’s Emancipatory Humanism
Michael A. Peters
Critical pedagogy locates the production of critical knowledges leading to praxis in its social, spatial and geopolitical contexts, and reveals the workings of the production process and how it operates intertextually alongside and upon other discourses, but it does so with a particular political project in mind—an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist, anti-racist, anti-sexist and pro-democratic and emancipatory struggle.
Peter McLaren is one of the few who from the beginning of his career as a teacher clearly knew where his sympathies lay—with teachers, with students, with ordinary people struggling against injustice and with other critical scholars and researchers who are committed to the principles of fairness, equality and social justice in public education. He has been one of a small group of scholars and activists based in the US who, in solidarity with the Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, initiated the U.S. project of critical pedagogy. This is a movement barely fifty years old that has established itself as a powerful philosophy of education that grows out of and extends the humanist paradigm based on praxis, agency and emancipation.
Peter McLaren has gone through various theoretical phases to embrace a form of revolutionary Marxism. His latest work, Pedagogy of Insurrection, is a stunning culmination of thought and action, reflecting many years of ← XXI | XXII → engagement around the world. Distinctively, his work weaves together...
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