12 January 2010

Pedagogy According to Liu Shaoqi

Pedagogy According to Liu Shaoqi

For the purpose of this set of studies called Basics, designed for study circles without a lecturer, we continue to pursue a simple theory of learning and teaching: a theory of “pedagogy”.

Just as a reminder: this e-mail, which begins as a blog post (here), is generally a brief introduction to an original text, which is linked to it as a download. Today, the text is Chapter 1 of Liu Shaoqi’s “How to be a Good Communist”. 

Tomorrow it will be a version of Tony Buzan’s “Use Your Head”. The next day we will return to Paolo Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”, to Chapter 1 of that work. Next week, we will move to the next part of the “Basics”, which looks at Machiavelli’s “The Prince” in the first place.

The main text for discussion this week is given as Chapter 2 of “The Pedagogy of the Oppressed”, which was sent out yesterday, and which is linked again, below.

There is nothing to stop comrades from choosing any of these texts for discussion. But for the imaginary typical study circle that may be receiving, and acting upon, these e-mails, one text is taken as being the week’s main discussion text. In this case, Chapter 2 of “The Pedagogy of the Oppressed” was chosen because it is short, and because it contains material which is both crucial, and also relatively easy to understand.

Liu Shaoqi’s book is well known and well loved by communists. Particularly in this short first chapter, Liu approaches the matter of “tempering and self-cultivation” for a revolutionary life with deep sincerity and clear simplicity.


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