Education can not be neutral: contributions of Vygotsky’s psychology to a critical analyses of the ideology of “schools free of ideologies”
Paper in a Symposium (Symp)
9:30 AM, Friday 1 Sep 2017 (36 minutes)
Convention Center - 2104 B
In the last few years, the ideological Brazilian landscape has become intensively polarized. A conservative wave has taken many forms: from the coup against the president to the proposals of laws against worker’s rights. There is a revival of a motto used during the dictatorship: “Brazil: love it or leave it”. In this context “to love Brazil” is understood as to accept social inequalities as naturals and to cultivate entrepreneurship as the solution to poverty and unemployment. The school curricula and the teachers have been considered suspicious of dissemination of leftist ideology. Some politicians are trying to approve laws prohibiting any kind of discourses inside schools that reveal ideological choices. They postulate that the teaching of school knowledge has to be ideologically and politically neutral. In this paper will be presented some contributions of Vygotsky’s psychology to the critical analyses of that ideological perspective of a school without any ideology.