Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values

Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values

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Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Havana's secondary schools, Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values is a remarkable ethnography, charting the government's attempts to transform a future generation of citizens. While Cuba's high literacy rate is often lauded, the little-known dropout rates among teenagers receive less scrutiny. In vivid, succinct reporting, educational anthropologist Denise Blum now shares her findings regarding this overlooked aspect of the Castro legacy. Despite the fact that primary-school enrollment rates exceed those of the United States, the reverse is true for the crucial years between elementary school and college. After providing a history of Fidel Castro's educational revolution begun in 1953, Denise Blum delivers a close examination of the effects of the program, which was designed to produce a society motivated by benevolence rather than materialism. Exploring pioneering pedagogy, the notion of civic education, and the rural components of the program, Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values brims with surprising findings about one of the most intriguing social experiments in recent history.The Seguimiento program was so successful that its goal was pushed up from third-grade equivalency to sixth-grade equivalency, and the a€œBattle for the Sixth Gradea€ became a well- publicized event. By the end of 1973, more than 500, 000 anbsp;...

Title:Cuban Youth and Revolutionary Values
Author:Denise F. Blum
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2011-01-15


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