The Pink Tide... Or the turn to the left in the Americas
Posted Mon Dec 06, 2010 03:19 PM
Well, that was almost three decades ago, and now, it seems that expert sounds more like a prophet than anything else.
Anyway, I wanted to bring up this for discussion. I found the term Pink Tide, which basically means a turn to the left by many Latin American countries and their break away from the consensus predicated in Washington. I have lost track at this point, but there are 4 out 5 people in Latin America living under a left-leaning government. Now, this shift has obviously been greeted by sympathizers of the region, while others simply characterize it as "dangerous".
I feel this trend has been advancing relatively relatively untested because of the more pressing conflicts in the Middle East, but I wonder how far it will go given the constant theme regarding the withdrawal of foreign forces from Irak and Afghanistan.
Anyway, I found this video clip that explains what the Pink Tide is and what it involves. Hope you can provide your comments...
Posted Mon Dec 06, 2010 03:35 PM
A lean to the left makes me cautiously optimistic. And by that I don't mean a repeat of Castro's Cuba, but rather a counterpoint to the "Rush Limbaugh Republicans" and Tea Party extremists in this country.
Posted Mon Dec 06, 2010 05:25 PM
I believe the change is positive because it's coming from the bottom up due to democratization and not demagogy, and it's definitely not the same as the old "red" socialism from the Cold War; thus the term "pink", a softer shade of red I suppose.
Posted Mon Dec 06, 2010 06:18 PM
Yes, that's how I understood it.
Thanks for posting this
Posted Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:23 AM
It's kind of long, but well worth it for those interested in popular education either for children or adults...
The main premise is: "All education is political..."
Posted Sat Dec 11, 2010 01:00 PM
I find it so true that education is political, but it's also true, as mentioned in the video, that it can't not be political - to remove political opinions is to teach apathy.
When I was in Latin America, I saw the leftist political tendencies. I have my own personal conclusions shaped by my experiences - I don't claim that this is true of all of Latin America. From my observations, "regular" (i.e. not elitist private schools reserved for the wealthy) education is sorely lacking in critical thinking, among other things. My students expressed feelings of being powerless to improve their lives and their countries. But the most devastating thing I saw was an utter lack of critical thinking. They absolutely could not connect ideas or contemplate consequences beyond the immediate time frame. At most, they could repeat low level knowledge and understanding after the teacher. The teachers themselves also can't perform these skills. It's truly devastating. What this comes down to is that the leftist ideas are appealing to those who are struggling to survive, and they don't have the skills to evaluate the rhetoric they're hearing. I'm not saying that I wanted to change their political ideas - I simply tried to help my students think.
Posted Mon Dec 13, 2010 05:49 AM
Yes. Pink ideas come from is not a good life.
Life generates ideas and later - ideas will change life.