[PeDAGoG] Schooling the World

Kelly Teamey kellyteamey at gmail.com
Tue May 30 02:34:03 CEST 2023

Hello everyone

I used this film ʻSchooling the Worldʻ for similar reasons with students in
International Development and in Education when working in academia in the
UK.  It led to some wonderful discussions.  Also ʻInuit Knowledge and
Climate Changeʻ <http://www.isuma.tv/inuit-knowledge-and-climate-change>
which was the first full film in the Inuktitut language made by Isuma (an
Inuit media company) led to some great debates.  My husband, Udi Mandel and
I made two documentaries that each provide an in-depth account of
current(ish) examples indigenous ways of knowing, learning, relating while
also balancing devastating colonial impacts past and present.  One
film, ʻRe-Learning
the Land: A Story of Red Crow College <https://vimeo.com/128091605>ʻ is an
in-depth account of Red Crow College in Blackfoot territory in what is now
Alberta, in southern Canada, where in a former residential school, a tribal
college was in process of reclaiming Blackfoot paradigmatic pedagogies
through most of their teaching in the school.  We completed the film in
2014.  Tragically, due to neo-colonial politics, the approach and program
was disbanded by leadership a couple of years after the film was made, and
the building was burned down soon after.  That said, the film offers some
enriching stories from those that not only were teaching at the college,
but several of whom were forced through schooling themselves in that exact
residential school.  The other film, "Re-Learning Hope:  A Story of
Unitierra <https://vimeo.com/172681670>" is an in-depth account of the
Universidad de la Tierra in Oaxaca as it was then in 2013.  We finished the
film in 2016 and by that point there had been many changes within
Unitierra.  That said, it is a useful account of post-development in action
and there are some wonderful interview sections with Gustavo Esteva.  Both
films can be found at Films for Action and they are also freely accessible
on our vimeo page, Multisense Media.  Iʻve added links to each film above!
We are also still in process of finishing a film on Swaraj University and
Gaia University - both are in their last stages of editing!

Aloha from Hawaiʻi

On Mon, May 29, 2023 at 10:44 AM Laurence Davis <L.Davis at ucc.ie> wrote:

> I second this film recommendation by Christian.
> While the contrast between indigenous ways of learning and understanding
> and dominant/hegemonic modern Western forms of education is quite starkly
> drawn - as indeed is the contrast between indigenous and modern Western
> capitalist ways of life more generally - this very starkness can be useful
> pedagogically in challenging university students to question some of their
> most deeply ingrained preconceptions and prejudices about education and
> schooling.
> What I find especially moving and poignant about this film is its
> depiction of the impact of colonial Western education projects on
> indigenous families and communities, with community elders persuaded of
> their own uselessness, disillusioned young people brainwashed into leaving
> their communities to pursue the Western capitalist dream finally confronted
> with the ultimate fraudulence and emptiness of that promise (reminiscent in
> some ways of Shevek's journey to Urras in Le Guin's 1974 anarchist utopian
> novel *The Dispossessed*: 'Here you see the jewels, there you see the
> eyes. And in the eyes you see the splendor, the splendor of the human
> spirit. Because our men and women are free—possessing nothing, they are
> free. And you the possessors are possessed. You are all in jail. Each
> alone, solitary, with a heap of what he owns. You live in prison, die in
> prison. It is all I can see in your eyes—the wall, the wall!'), and
> people of all ages coming to see themselves as failures in a system
> explicitly designed/rigged to ensure that most  'fail' in order that others
> might prosper at their expense.
> For those considering using the film in their own classes, I recommend
> pairing it with the documentary 'Life and Debt (
> https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0284262/), a 2001 film which examines the
> effects of globalisation on Jamaican industry and agriculture (this film
> was an eye-opener for many of the first-year students in my Introduction to
> Globalisation module). The painting 'American Progress' (1872), by John
> Gast, is a useful visual aid. In terms of accompanying scholarly
> literature, I recommend Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, *Dancing on Our
> Turtle's Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-creation, Resurgence, and a New
> Emergence* (ARP Books, 2011); Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, *As We Have
> Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance* (University
> of Minnesota Press, 2021); Taiaiake Alfred, *Wasase: Indigenous Pathways
> of Action and Freedom *(University of Toronto Press, 2005); and Ivan
> Illich, *Deschooling Society *(Harper and Row, 1971).
> Best wishes,
> Laurence
> (with apologies for any typos or errors in this email, as I am composing
> it in a train with unstable internet connection)
> Department of Government and Politics, University College Cork, Ireland
> http://publish.ucc.ie/profiles/B007/ldavis
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> *From:* GTA-PeDAGoG <gta-pedagog-bounces at lists.ourproject.org> on behalf
> of Manish Jain <m.jain at rocketmail.com>
> *Sent:* 29 May 2023 18:40
> *To:* PeDAGoG: Post-Development Academic-Activist Global Group <
> gta-pedagog at lists.ourproject.org>
> *Subject:* Re: [PeDAGoG] Schooling the World
> *[EXTERNAL] *This email was sent from outside of UCC.
> thanks for sharing christian. i would love to hear your reactions.
> best wishes,
> manish
> On Monday, May 1, 2023 at 03:55:47 AM GMT+5:30, Christian Stalberg <
> cstalberg at mymail.ciis.edu> wrote:
> Perhaps most of you know this film. I did not until now. A must view!
> https://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/schooling-the-world-2010/
> Schooling the World (2010)
> If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you
> do it? You would change the way it educates its children.
> The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native
> American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build
> schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is
> the only way to a 'better' life for indigenous children. But is this true?
> What really happens when we replace a traditional culture's way of learning
> and understanding the world with our own? SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a
> challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply disturbing look at the
> effects of modern education on the world's last sustainable indigenous
> cultures.
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