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La Educación
Número: (114) I
Año: 1993

9. Do you think educators can take a leading role, in the sense that they could move beyond the popular culture, or do they tend to lag behind an imperative that is already felt at other levels of the society?

There is a sense in which education is both an actor and an agent. It can do what we want it to do: education can be an element that consolidates what already exists and conserves it. Or education can change what exists. I think education is a means, it is a tool. The question then concerns intention and will. If the Caribbean develops the will—the will to conserve or the will to change or some mixture of these—education can serve that intention.

Now, in that regard how does the Region develop this will? I have argued that the teacher shapes that will as much as the politician, or the academics within the university, or anybody else. I don’t believe that there is any central group that is actually sitting down and working out any cultural plan. The classroom is a very private place where the teacher closes that door and starts to teach. Therefore, it is important that teachers come to some agreement among themselves about their own will and how it develops. After that, the teacher is as much an actor as the politician, as the church.