Resistance and Imperfection as Educational Work: Going Against the “Harmony” of Individualistic Ideology

Boaz Tsabar


This article highlights the ideological logic of the "negative model" and its pedagogical implications. According to the 'negative model' contradiction and resistance are existential elements which embody the possibility of freedom and self realization. The negative model does not aim, as other pedagogical methods, to solve and abolish the manifestations of contradiction but rather to channel them towards a struggle for a better society and humanity. The article first part criticizes individualistic ideology's ideals of "harmony" and "self-realization" and its various positive practices of "freedom". The article second part attempts to clarify negative pedagogy's special ontological concept of humanity and liberty. In conclusion, the article seeks to clarify what are the possible ramifications of adopting the logic of negation to educational praxis while focusing on the role of public schools in it.


critical pedagogy, ideology and education, Resistance.

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