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Educational change in postrevolutionary Cuba: A critical assessment

Authors
Journal
International Journal of Educational Development
0738-0593
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
7
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0738-0593(87)90018-6
Disciplines
  • Education

Abstract

Abstract Cuba's educational revolution since 1959 is examined with reference to a major debate over the quality of education triggered by a speech by Castro in early 1986. Castro drew attention to serious shortcomings in the quality of teachers, teaching, and the learning process. Cuba has responded to Castro's criticisms by holding an extended debate, strengthening testing standards (with some unfortunate results), promoting improvements in teacher quality, creating new elite schools, and revising curricula, amongst other measures. Outside observers, however, do not necessarily share Cuba's self-evaluation, for other educational problems exist, as do alternative perspectives on the quality of education issue, which can be seen as a permanent rather than a merely passing educational controversy in Cuba.

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