Jesus Martín-Barbero: the educational city

Disclaimer: this post is an exercise of liveblogging. Even when the content remains forever, must be understood as juncture, with some imprecisions. 


Jesús Martín-Barbero, on the left, talks about a holistic crisis 

Martín-Barbero talks about a very strategic topic for the all the societies in the world, which are living a process of expanded education. Two ideas on this way: a mention to “Las ideas fuera de lugar” (Ideas out of place), a text from Roberto Schwarz, Brazilian thinker, that talks about how strange is the mix that makes our society: how European ideas emerging from the French revolution work differently in Latin American. Those ideas where out of place, as education is much out of the institutions. The other idea he wants to mention is this popular sentence: “everything we know is something we know collaboratively”.

Once the concept of collective intelligence has been introduced, we must ask ourselves:

What changes are affecting the school?

Most of the institutions have yet to understand that the educational communication model has nothing to do with the social communication model: the scholar model is still based on the book (left-right, top-down) and is very old fashioned if we look on how the society has based its communication model.

To understand that change, the difference between both models is not related with a crisis of the educational institution, but with a crisis that affects the whole society, including the family structure and all the social institutions.

Not even the Internet seems to be strong enough to attack the “dictatorial” line model of communication of the school, says Martín-Barbero. This scholarship system has not its own vitality, and it will only have one the day that education becomes the strategic place of interaction between languages, cultures and writings we can see in the society.

We can’t be citizens without being active in our role, without our own voice: how can we ask for citizens voices when the most part of the time we spend on the school we are repeating the teacher’s words? We need both to read and to write: we need to learn how to write our own history.

A definition of expanded education: the one that, assuming the knowledge society (including all its risks), also assumes that the are other ways of knowing. If we don’t benefit of this crisis of the old-school values we are going to continue using knowledge to exclude, dominate… and what is pending on the scholarship system is training citizens: we have to be educated to live with the different, with our opposites…

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