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A New Social Contract in a Latin American Education Context by Danilo R. Streck

By Danilo R. Streck

A brand new Social agreement in a Latin American schooling Context is dedicated to what has turn into often called “perspective of the South:” figuring out the South now not as a geographical reference yet as a vindication of the lifestyles of the way of realizing and of dwelling which fight for his or her survival and for a valid position in a global the place the distinction for distinction is balanced with the correct for equality. The metaphor of the recent social agreement stands for the need to check one other international, which ironically can't yet spring out of the entrails of the present one. may perhaps an identical agreement below which the colonial orders have been erected function a device for decolonizing family, wisdom, and gear? as a result, what sort of schooling might successfully aid constitution a brand new social agreement? those are the various questions Streck addresses.

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Although the concept of social class may have gone out of style, in reality we know and feel that there is a concentration of capital and power never before seen leaving the greater part of the population at the margin of the system, as much as producers as well as consumers. 25 The color of the skin continues to cause the emergence of reactions and prejudices that are deeply rooted in the history of the nations. “It is painful to know that the color of the skin of the children who wander the streets, of the majority who are in the prisons and of those who live in the slums is black,” said Benedita da Silva, referring to Brazil.

The incident, as mentioned earlier, took place at UCLA, where, as in the majority of the large universities of the First World, there is a large contingent of foreign students. These relatively common scenes contain important ingredients for comprehending what is going on in the world. Much of what is discussed about globalization and about the current conflicts is revealed in that classroom and around that cigarette butt. Facts such as these, from daily life, permit the comprehension that globalization is not something that happens out there, with others or with the economy.

In Brazil, the creation of councils, stemming from the Federal Constitution of 1988, in all spheres of public life, signals another moment in the comprehension of citizenship. The limitations, in practice, for example, with the representatives of the social and popular movements assimilating the logic of the governments, indicate the distance, if not the abyss, that separates the reality from the possibilities. It is pertinent to return to Hanna Arendt when she identifies two correlate characteristics in the concept of public.

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