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Liberation and domination - Education, the two edged sword

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This conference presents education as leading to release from ignorance thus allowing one to better cope in the age of globalization. Education’s intrinsic enlightening nature purportedly frees us from narrow prejudices and allows for everyone to better enjoy living. However, this paper is contending that education is a paradox that works as a mechanism for transmitting a particular dogma that is supposedly the straight path to enlightenment.
Yet wholesale embrace of such ‘education’ proves to be a misfit in developing countries and largely operates as that square peg designated for a round hole. Inappropriate emphases in, and adaptation of, education strategies, concepts and foci have contributed to environmental degradation as well as unnecessary and/unaffordable imports of technology from the developed world which exacerbates the debt problem of developing countries. As such health care and better nutrition among others are sacrificed in order to make sure that ‘first world facilities’ are available in the educational system.
Using discourse analysis, the role and function of education as a liberating and colonizing force is thus examined using a case study of Jamaica. There will be an examination of the policies and strategies employed and promoted by the Jamaican state over the past decade as well as feedback from teachers and students in terms of the strategies they find most effective in meeting the goals of the system as well as their own goals.
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Name: 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
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Reid, Mitzie. "Liberation and domination - Education, the two edged sword" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 01, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486417_index.html>

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Reid, M. J. , 2011-05-01 "Liberation and domination - Education, the two edged sword" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486417_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This conference presents education as leading to release from ignorance thus allowing one to better cope in the age of globalization. Education’s intrinsic enlightening nature purportedly frees us from narrow prejudices and allows for everyone to better enjoy living. However, this paper is contending that education is a paradox that works as a mechanism for transmitting a particular dogma that is supposedly the straight path to enlightenment.
Yet wholesale embrace of such ‘education’ proves to be a misfit in developing countries and largely operates as that square peg designated for a round hole. Inappropriate emphases in, and adaptation of, education strategies, concepts and foci have contributed to environmental degradation as well as unnecessary and/unaffordable imports of technology from the developed world which exacerbates the debt problem of developing countries. As such health care and better nutrition among others are sacrificed in order to make sure that ‘first world facilities’ are available in the educational system.
Using discourse analysis, the role and function of education as a liberating and colonizing force is thus examined using a case study of Jamaica. There will be an examination of the policies and strategies employed and promoted by the Jamaican state over the past decade as well as feedback from teachers and students in terms of the strategies they find most effective in meeting the goals of the system as well as their own goals.


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