• Revista Intercambio

    Intercambio No. 14

    PUBLIC EDUCATION: A SOCIAL RIGHT FACES THE OBSESSION WITH TESTING INTRODUCTION We are going through a time in which standardization is intensifying on a global scale. Evaluation as a mechanism of control and a tool of privatization plays a central role in determining public policies and has become one of the fundamental components of educational reforms which, far from improving school conditions, have impoverished the course of public education and the teaching profession. In this context, critical reflection by our organizations becomes more and more necessary, and gives new meaning to resistances seeking alternative forms of assessment that meet the public education needs of our peoples. The contents of this…

  • Revista Intercambio

    Intercambio No.12

    WORKING CONDITIONS AND TEACHERS ́ HEALTH INTRODUCTION Privatization and the commodification of education, imposed by many governments world wide, disrupts not only the working conditions of education workers, but their whole lives. It also has a negative impact on the teaching-learning process which is why the health of teachers has become an increasingly relevant concern among unions and academics. In this issue of Intercambio Magazine, we show that in spite of the very different social backgrounds of our students and the different living standards in the communities where we work, some things are pervasive. Without taking into consideration teachers ́ opinions or those of their organizations, governments have im- posed policies that generate heavy workloads, longerwork days, an excess of administrative tasks, the forced introduction of new information and communication technologies, excessive control, punitive teacher…

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    Intercambio No.11

    NEW FORMS OF PRIVATIZATION AND EDUCATION COMMODIFICATION INTRODUCTION There is a new wave of privatization hitting the Americas, which is making public education become alert of the new attacks. The offensive comes hand in hand with the strengthening of neoliberal positions, as well as with the return of right-wing governments in several Latin American countries. Privatizing and commoditizing tendencies once again proliferate in the field of education, becoming stronger at a continental and world-wide level. That is the reason why IDEA Network/Red SEPA seeks to contribute with a regional refection on their processes and trends in the Americas; as well as of their different expressions in various nations.With multi-faceted and…

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    Intercambio No. 10

    EROSION OF THE RIGHTS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, criminalization of social protest in Latin America INTRODUCTION The seriousness of the dispossession of the social and political rights of the world’s peoples that accompanies neoliberal capitalism’s deepening economic crisis, requires an analysis of current trends. It is important to examine the experiences of resistance and construction of alternatives by social movements in the face of an alarming ascent of authoritarian regimes of a neo-fascist nature, such as that led by Donald Trump in the United States. As we will see throughout the pages of this issue of Intercambio, one of the sectors that in the last decade has especially suffered the criminalization of its…

  • Revista Intercambio

    Intercambio No.7

    RIGHTS THREATENED: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS DEFEND PUBLIC EDUCATION INTRODUCTION In 2014 idea celebrated 15 years as a space for the convergence of struggles for public education throughout the Americas. In defense of education as a social right, we have built spaces for interchange, analysis, and debate regarding privatization and the policies of dispossession of rights, and we have advanced in generating alternatives for emancipatory education as a central element for the construction of democratic societies. In this issue, the reader will find articles about ten emblematic struggles carried out by diverse labour and social organizations from Canada to Argentina. In the face of offensives by transnational financial capital and its governments…

  • Revista Intercambio

    Intercambio No.6

    NEW COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES AND EDUCATION: HEGEMONY AND RESISTANCE INTRODUCTION Technology, globalization, and neoliberal capitalism cannot be separated from the central issues of education in the 21st Century. What is the purpose of education? What is the content of education? What are the pedagogies, tools, and resources? Whose interests are served?Unless the question of purpose is examined and challenged, the dominant discourse rules by default. That default is generally one of education preparing workers for a globalized economy. The logical assumption thatfollows is that students should be integrated into expertise in using the new information and communications technologies that are the tools of the global economy.In this globalized framework,…

  • Revista Intercambio

    Intercambio No.5

    PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS INTRODUCTION This edition of the Intercambio magazine focuses one of the most relevant issues in the contribution that education must provide to solve social problems. The environmental crisis, treated this way for not being a natural phenomenon but a result of a particular moment in human society that is living a systematic and multilateral crisis, places us in front of risks that were unimaginable in past centuries, which include threats to the existence of the human species itself.It´s important to understand the characteristics and origins of this crisis in order to act over it. This is why, not only is it required that educative…

  • Revista Intercambio

    Intercambio No.4

    INDIGENOUS EDUCATION SPECIAL ISSUE ON INDIGENOUS EDUCATION INTRODUCTION Within the Initiative for Democratic Education in the Americas (IDEA) there are several structures with different foci, but which share common goals. One of them is the Continental Network of Indigenous Educators (REI), a hemispheric alliance of teachers, students and community organizations that struggle for a public education that responds to the cultural needs, worldview and aspirations of the aboriginal peoples. From November 9th to 12th of 2012, the REI facilitated the Third Continental Encounter of Indigenous Educators in Tikal, classic city of the Mayan people located in the jungles of Guatemala’s El Peten province. The Encounter allowed discussion on indigenous pedagogies…

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    Intercambio No.3

    ALTERNATIVE PEDAGOGIES INTRODUCTION The IDEA Network promotes various spaces of resistance to attacks on public education as a fundamental right. Intercambio functions as an informative tool for various intrinsically related concerns: to make visible denunciations and proposals to counter neoliberalism and its ruthless effects on education, amongst others.This edition focuses on alternative pedagogical proposals, some still in the ideas stage and others in the process of being implemented, in the face of neo-liberal cuts and policies that promote the commodification of education. Although each proposal has its own specificities rooted in its particular context, we are trying to build a bridge between peoples, a meeting-point, with praxis as a guiding…