[OPE-L:4991] Pedagogy of Marx's economics

Chai-on Lee (conlee@chonnam.chonnam.ac.kr)
Tue, 13 May 1997 07:54:54 -0700 (PDT)

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At 05:50 97-05-13 -0700, Jerru wrote:

>I have a minor suggestion: In honor of the passing of Paolo Freire, I
>propose that we endeavor to make this thread into one of the "major
>topics" [20 or more posts] discussed this month.
>It seems to me that, while we had a separate thread on "How to teach
>CAPITAL" [December, 1996; April, 1997], we haven't really yet discussed
>*pedagogy* from a socialist perspective. In other words, we haven't
>really discussed our general perspectives and *practice* re classroom
>(and outside of the classroom) learning and the relationship between
>"teachers" and students from a socialist and working-class perspective.

In the academic testing of Marx's economics, I allow them to open books. I
say to the Students "Marx's economics should not be kept in mind but is to
be comprehended. I ask them to explain why the given phrases are right or
wrong from their own perspectives consulting, if they wish, the opened
Marx's own writings. It seemed silly to ask the student what the difference
was between surplus-value and profit, for instance.

In solidarity,

Chai-on