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Education in Cuba
Looks at education in contemporary Cuba especially in the area of special education.
# 120261 | 2,375 words | 20 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 08, 2010 in Education (Special) , Latin-American Studies (Post-Modern (1960 on))

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This paper traces the history of education in Cuba from the 1898 American occupation, during which the U.S. took great lengths to "Americanize" the Cuban educational system, to the system developed by Fidel Castro, who cited free education and literacy as major issues of social importance. The paper relates the ways that Cuban's special education model emphasizes special schools and institutions instead of inclusion and mainstreaming as in the U.S. The paper indicates that knowledge of education in Cuba has relevance to teaching Spanish-speaking children with Cuban culture backgrounds in U.S. classrooms.

Table of Contents:
A Brief History
Education in Contemporary Cuba
Family Involvement in Education
Cuban Cultural Perspectives on Children with Disabilities
Relevance for the Classroom Teacher

From the Paper:

"Cubans and Cuban-Americans often believe that the mother is to blame when a child is born with a genetic defect. Assertions are made that the mother didn't take care of herself during the pregnancy or she has committed sins in the past and the punishment is being carried out on the child.
"This stigmatism of childhood disability and maternal blame is considered to be a result of the latent and manifest effects of the prevalence of Santeria in Cuban culture."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berube, Maurice. (1984). Education and Poverty: Effective Schooling in the United States and Canada. Westport, CT: Greenwood. (Wexler Library)
  • Bauermeister, Jose J. (2005). Latino/Hispanic Cultural Influences on Assessing and Treating AD/HD. Schwab Learning:
  • Brice, Alejandro. (2002). An Introduction to Cuban Culture for Rehabilitation Service Providers. Retrieved March 3, 2007, from the Center for Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange:
  • Castro, Fidel. (1953). History Will Absolve Me (Translation). New York: L. Stuart. Retrieved March 3, 2007, from Questia database:
  • de Paula, T., Lagana, K., & Gonzalez-Ramirez, L. (1996). Mexican Americans. In J. Lipson, S. Dibble & P. Minarik (Editors), Culture and nursing care: A pocket guide (203-221). San Francisco: UCSF Nursing Press.

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