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Why read a book on liberating education?

I take up this blog again after two years of inactivity.  My original purpose in authoring a blog was to introduce my book to readers who could benefit both from its clear description of liberating education and also be intrigued by the story of the development of a village settled in a remote rainforest.  During my two-year hiatus I finished the book and had it published in both Spanish (AVANCSO, 2014)) and English (Paradigm Publishers, 2014).  My plan is to post weekly at least for a while, so watch for other short posts in the weeks ahead.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASeeds of Freedom:Liberating Education in Guatemala is a case study of empowering education in the remote Guatemalan  Maya indigenous village of Santa María Tzejá in the four-plus decades since it was first settled in 1970.  My book (Published by Paradigm Press 2014) has two implications for English-speaking readers in the U.S. and elsewhere.  The first is this: the story of schooling in the village stands as testimony that education that liberates–in the sense of giving its students the confidence, knowledge, skills and determination to demand human rights for themselves and others as they emerge into adulthood—exists somewhere in the world.  And second, the book offers signposts to teachers at all levels that point the way to becoming liberating educators–keeping in mind that we are all educators with our children, friends, work colleagues and others.  I look forward to your comments and questions!

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