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Afro-Pessimist and Curriculum Studies

"Afro-pessimism erupts from the abyss of ontological absence to assertively intimate a plight which precedes, exceeds, and overwhelms conventional and cliched conceptions of social marginalization and exclusion—turning instead to the illumination of a non-analogous violent structural reality that arises as a problem saturated in one’s positionality in relation to the reigning “symbolic order” of anthropological matter. ..." – By Koeli Goel

Teaching Literacy in the West from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century

"As early as the 19th century, educational historians described the ways pedagogical innovators such as Comenius, Melanchton, Locke, Rousseau, Pestalozzi, and Froebel challenged traditional teaching methods, with Montessori, Decroly, Dewey, Freinet, and Freire taking up that torch in the 20th century and endeavoring teachers to take into account how a child is learning. Yet these world-renowned figures have changed more so what we expect of an educator than the teaching practices of a given country. ..." – By Anne-Marie Chartier

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