THE JESUIT HERITAGE IN BRAZILIAN EDUCATION

Wilson Alves de Paiva About the author

ABSTRACT:

This paper aims to reflect about jesuit's legacy to the formation of Brazilian educational thought, especially about pedagogy, whose strong discipline and dogmatic characteristics remained even after the Society of Jesus was expelled by the end on the XVIII century. The difficulty in replacing the presence of the Jesuits since the beginning of colonization and its expansion throughout Brazil, as well as its activities for more than two centuries, is related not only with the lack of funds, but the lack of a real policy on defense of public schools. Regarding to teaching practices, we lack a revival of the ideals of reformist educators who thought a more practical and more dynamic education focused on the needs of a critical and reflective formation.

Keywords:
Brazilian education; Education theories; Pedagogical tendencies; The Jesuits

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