Important and challenging issues in the area of anarchism and education are presented in this history of egalitarian and free-school practices. From Francisco Ferrer’s modern schools in Spain and the Work People’s College in the United States, to contemporary actions in developing “free skools” in the United Kingdom and Canada, the contributors illustrate the importance of developing complex connections between educational theories and collective actions. Major themes in the volume include learning from historical anarchist experiments in education, ways that contemporary anarchists create dynamic and situated learning spaces, and critical reflections on theoretical frameworks and educational practices. Many trailblazing thinkers and practitioners contributed to this volume, such as Jeffery Shantz, John Jordon, Abraham de Leon, Richard Kahn, Matthew Weinstein, and Alex Khasnabish. This thoughtful and provocative collection proves that egalitarian education is possible at all ages and levels.
About the Author
Robert H. Haworth is an associate professor in multicultural education at University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. He has published and presented internationally on anarchism, youth culture, informal learning spaces, and critical social studies education. He lives in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Andrej Grubacic is an anarchist dissident, a historian, and a sociologist who has written on anarchism and the history of the Balkans. He is the author of Wobblies and Zapatistas and editor of The Staughton Lynd Reader. He lives in San Francisco.
“This original contribution to revolutionary praxis in education could not come at a more urgent moment. It deserves to be read and its recommendations unleashed in the battlefields of capital.” —Peter McLaren, author, Schooling as a Ritual Performance and Che Guevara, Paulo Freire, and the Pedagogy of Revolution
“I worry sometimes that too many contemporary anarchists in North America celebrate anti-intellectualism by resisting both the study of new ideas and the histories of previous actions. It’s very heartening, then, for me to see these things being explored in Anarchist Pedagogies by a gathering of young, smart thinkers interested in pondering the complex relationships between liberty and learning. Deschooling, unschooling, informal learning, and radical critical pedagogy are all part of the mix here. Haworth has done well in bringing these voices together; you may not always agree with them, but you will be excited enough to engage with what they have to say.” —Don LaCoss, Fifth Estate
“By bringing together an important group of writers with specialist knowledge and experience, Robert Haworth's volume makes an invaluable contribution to the discussion of [pedagogy]. His exciting collection provides a guide to historical experiences and current experiments and also reflects on anarchist theory, extending our understanding and appreciation of pedagogy in anarchist practice.” —Dr. Ruth Kinna, author, Anarchism: A Beginners Guide
“This volume is a must-read for all students of education, teachers, and those dedicated to the struggle for social justice. Bravo!” —Dr. Marc Pruyn, coeditor, Teaching Peter McLaren