Toward a Language of Action: Beyond Critique and Possibility

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David Gabbard
George Perreault
Mark L´Esperance


In helping recover from naiveté, we want to frame this paper, at least initially, within the context of Peter McLaren and Henry Giroux's (1997) discussion of "Critical Pedagogy and the Crisis within the Language of Theory" in order to respond to and, more significantly, extend their line of argumentation.  In brief, McLaren and Giroux lament what they perceive to be a failure on the part of critical educational theorists, pointing out that the strength of that community of theorists – the critique of public schools "as a powerful instrument for the reproduction of capitalist social relations and the dominant legitimating ideologies of dominant groups" (p. 18) – has also been their weakness.

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