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Currículo sem Fronteiras
 A journal for a critical and emancipatory education   ISSN 1645-1384

Contra a escolarização: educação e classe social [Against Schooling: Education and Social Class]

Stanley Aronowitz

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In this article the author evaluates mass schooling, showing the social class content that privileges certain groups and excludes working classes. The clear failure of the school as the main forming institution becomes evident and the author claims that young people learn much more outside schools, in their cultural experiences, than through the schooling experience. It highlights Dewey’s importance to this debate and questions both progressive critiques and celebratory visions of his philosophy. The article defends the idea of a curriculum connected with the social and cultural lives of young people and the need to conceive a curriculum that meets the challenges set by the contemporary world of immaterial work, the mass media, and popular culture. In this scenario social movements should be considered as educative spaces.


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