Statement of Purpose

Artwork by Robbie Conal for the cover of Capitalists and Conquerors.

This website is developed as a resource for students of critical pedagogy. The critical pedagogy which I support and practice advocates non-violent dissent, the development of a philosophy of praxis guided by a Marxist humanism, the study of revolutionary social movements and thought, and the struggle for socialist democracy. It is opposed to liberal democracy, which only serves to facilitate the reproduction of capital. It advocates a multiracial and anti-imperialist social movement dedicated to opposing racism, capitalism (both in private property and state property forms), sexism, heterosexism, hierarchies based on social class, as well as other forms of oppression. It draws its inspiration from philosophers of revolutionary praxis such as Paulo Freire, Raya Dunayevskaya, and other philosophers, social theorists and political activists and supports all those who yearn and struggle for freedom. Critical pedagogy is opposed to both state terrorism and individual acts of terrorism. As Freire writes in The Pedagogy of Freedom, "Terrorism is the negation of what I call a universal human ethic." Critical pedagogy is driven by the engine of class struggle in both national and international arenas.


Este sitio web está desarrollado como una fuente de consulta para estudiantes de la Pedagogía Crítica. La Pedagogía Crítica que apoyo y practico se aboga por el disentimiento no violento, el desarrollo de una filosofía de la praxis guiada por un humanismo marxista, el estudio y pensamiento de los movimientos sociales revolucionarios y la lucha por una democracia socialista. Lo anterior se opone a la democracia liberal, la cual sirve únicamente para facilitar la reproducción del capital. Se aboga por un movimiento social multirracial, antiimperialista dedicado para oponerse al racismo, el capitalismo (tanto en la propiedad privada como las formas de propiedad del Estado), el sexismo, el heterosexismo, las jerarquías basadas en las clases sociales, así como otras formas de opresión. Se delinea con la inspiración de filósofos de la praxis revolucionaria como Paulo Freire, Raya Dunayevskaya y otros filósofos, teóricos sociales y activistas políticos y en todo aquél que anhele y luche por  la libertad. La pedagogía crítica se opone tanto al terrorismo de Estado como a los actos del terrorismo individual. Como Freire escribe en la Pedagogía de la Libertad, “El terrorismo es la negación de lo que llamo una ética universal humana.” La Pedagogía Critica se ha conducido por el motor de la lucha de clases, tanto en arenas internacionales como nacionales.*

Billboard - Capitalism to blame not immigration

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

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Photo of Peter with the Rector de la UACM, Hugo Aboites

Photo: Award Presentation

Photos from Jawaharlal Nehru University

Watch the YouTube video: The Global Center for Advanced Studies

Hymn to the Instituto

Rage and Hope section


Marx's Nightmare - MRzine

Marx's Nightmare - Socialist Party of Great Britian

Award Westchester University


AULA Critica

Feliz-Cumpleanos - Peter

Instituto Photos - July 2013

McLaren Insituto

Lifetime Achievement Award - Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed

Socialist Studies - Spring 2013

Interview - CounterPunch

Book - Marcus, Marx, and McLaren

Flier for Crisis and Commonwealth book

Turkey - Police Riots - June 2013

3rd  International Conference on Critical Education: Education Under Siege by Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism

Volver Marx Conference 2013

Photos :: Memoria Fotografica IV Encuentro 2013

Peter speaking at PTO 2013

at AERA 2013

Photos with Angie

Painting of Peter by Erin Currier

Paulo, Macedo, and Henry


Award - Cheran Michoacan

Chavez Book

Venceremos Classroom

See Video of Students in Morelia and Peter sing Venceremos at the end of the class!

La Jornada

Chapman Ad in The Chronicle

En Memoria de Hugo Chavez

Peter at x Conference

La Jornada

Friend in Solidarity

UNAM award to Peter

Chapman Fellow to Peter

Man in the Red Beret

speaking in caracas via videoconference

Award - Social Justice and Equity Award - 2013

International Critical Pedagogy Award

Happy Chinese New Year 2013

Lifetime Acievment Award

Soka University Keynote 2013



PTO speaker

Award - Critical Studies Association

McLaren Reader

AERA 2012 - Peter on the Poverty of Capitalism





International Conference on Paulo Freire

Critical Theory Conference - 2012

Magazine covering Peter

New Series

Freire Institute Finland gives Peter an award


Award for Peter

Critical Theories Conference - Peter as one of the Keynotes

Peter received CSEW Award

New book!

Peter McLaren Speaking to 25,000 teachers in Morelia, Michoacan

Video - Peter talking with teachers

photos of Morelian, Michoacan :: photos of Chera, Michoacan

Online University of The Left

Mora - Mystery of Peter Mclaren

Peter in Mexico - Spring 2012

Peter in La Paz 2012

youTube - Los Nadies

Parabra with Peter

AERA 2012 photos

Peter is back at UCLA

Brochure for Doctorate at Instituto McLaren by Carlos Escano in Spain

University Of London Talk - February 2012

Photos of Peter and Friend/Colleagues in the U.K. and Ireland

Anglia Ruskin University

International Winter School

Flier for the International Winter School

Revolutionary Pedagogy

Chopbox Call

Contra el resurgimiento de la ideología fascista en los Estados Unidos. Las tareas de la pedagogía crítica revolucionaria

Peter In Taiwan - 2011

Peter's Schedule in Taiwan

Si Se Puede - Mclaren

Fundacion McLaren

Peter at Occupy LA

The Socialist - Magazine

See the Cover: The Socialist 2001(4)

Transformative Studies Institute

with Daniel Ellberg

Photos of the Instituto

Inaugula of Institute in Mexico

Photos of Inaugural Opening :: More Photos of the Instituto

Chilenos Estudiantes

Peter In Greece - Photos

Doctorado en Pedagogia - Instituto McLaren

Life is Jerky - Peter In Art

Peter in China

Critical Educaiton and the Info Age - Book

Book - Marxism and Communitcation

Peter on Diversity Board

PF Dedication - Pedagogy of the Theater of the Oppressed

For those who believe that it is human nature for some groups to dominate and control others, the goal of liberation is to make both the despot and despotic regime more benign.  For Freire, such a solution is tantamount to cutting off our legs in the hope that one day we shall grow wings.  If we make the road to emancipation by walking then we need to know at some point if we are on the right path in freeing ourselves from the many antagonisms that beset us. 
For Freire, being on the right path is to have a coherent and consistent vision toward which progress is directed and which can serve as a template for living fearlessly, knowing that moving forward implies overcoming many obstacles.   This is to be guided by a vision that ultimately and irrevocably can bring justice to a world in perilous imbalance. Grave changes are warranted in our political civilization—not only the abolition of the commercial helotry of the factories and sweatshops but unclenching the fists we call our hearts, freeing us to reclaim our stolen humanity.  Freire’s struggle was to be humble enough to wonder yet courageous enough to defy, to be sufficiently self-assured to rebel yet possesses enough self-doubt to keep from backsliding, to have the audacity to be creative yet remain unburdened by socio-cultural dogma, to be vigilant against the new faces of tyranny yet ever conscious of the flaws and insufficiencies of our own struggles.  Freire worked with the generic potential to posit a world that does not make capitulation and defeat the inevitable.  Those liberals and conservatives alike who preach the virtues of democracy without recognizing that their vision remains beyond the recuperative powers of the prevailing capitalist system are laying the foundation for plutocracy, and in so doing sawing from the tree the branch upon which they are perched: wizened old vultures masquerading as feathery companions of Minerva.
For Freire, understanding the alienation of human labor is the skeleton key that unlocks the bone yard of capitalism and makes it vulnerable for transformation into its opposite—a world of economic, social, cultural, racial, sexual and gender equality.  Freire’s pedagogy is connected to the utopian impulse, freed from utopia’s instrumental and petrified systematizing and idealist, totalizing form.  It is a pedagogy committed to the historical, material, and situationally specific needs of humanity. It is a pedagogy of and for our times. - Peter McLaren (Los Angeles, 2011)

Revolt - Upcoming book

Freire, Boal, and McLaren - TheaterOfTheOppressed

Movie: Theater of the Oppressed in Peter's class


AISA Lecture

iEco Article

Peter's talk-- by Morelia

Book Review - Capitalists and Conquerers

Yakima Community College

Sweden Pictures

Andrew Lansley Rap

Escuela Reproduccione

YVCC conference


Interview with Peter by Moraes

Life In Turkish Schools

Book - Freedom Fighters

Rouge Forum

Photos from Rouge Forum 2011

MECHA Conference


Book - Teaching Peter McLaren Reviews :: Google Link

Paintings of Peter by Grande

Instituto de Pedagogia Critica

Photographs from Morelia Morelia Photos :: Website

youTube - Valencian Community

Keynote with Grande

Rubio's Potrait of Peter

Allman, McLaren and Rikowski Article

Otis College and Peter

Website of Public Practice :: S.A. Bachman :: Krista Caballero

Book Chapter - The Fist Called My Heart

Book Chapter - Public Pedagogy and Historical Challenge

Indigo Article - Marxism of Che

Indigo Website :: Indigo Information

Critical Pedagogy Manifesto


Chihauhua Pictures

Herranienta Debate

Heramienta debate y crtica marxista: 1) No podemos tener una política activa construida sobre una teoría del conocimiento pasiva; 2) La pedagogía crítica revolucionaria, el socialismo y los desafíos actuales; and 3) Pedagogía crítica, humanismo marxista y transformaciones en Latinoamérica

Bio at IEPS

University of Waterloo on Peter

U.S. Marxist Humanist articles by Peter

Hobgoblin on Peter

Octavio Photo

18th Street Art Center

Photos 07/10

Educator Popular 2010 photos by Octavio Mendoza

Risowski Marxist

Pagina 12

TV Bus


Upntuxtepec Video



-- Distribuirá la CNTE un mapamundi de la UNESCO, hasta ahora exclusivo de Europa

-- Coinciden McLaren y Marchant en un cambio urgente del sistema educativo

-- No hay pruebas de la culpabilidad de Eugenio Rodríguez, dice Jorge Cázares

Cologuio Interno

University of Salvador Degree

18th Street Installation

Images from 18th Street Gallery

McLaren's work in Russian

AERA 2010 award

Poem by Peter 1Poem by Peter 2Poem by Peter 3

World Can't Wait Petition

Lewis University Talk

Excert from the Introductionto of Academic Repression

Black Angels Interviews - 2007

Keynote at Art Conference in Malaga, Spain

Entrevista - Mclaren

David Harvey Teaching Capital

Carlos Mora Studio

Teziuhyotepetzintlan Talk photos

Pachuca Mexico Talk photos

Taking Back the University - March 4, 2010

Havoc of Capitalism book

Kahn Review of book

Book Review by Macrine

Book: Academic Repression

Academic Repression's MySpace Page; Anthony Nocella on the Academic Repression book by Best, Nocella and McLaren :: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3


Photos of Volver Marx :: Video (The Internacional sung in Ken Loach's magisterial film, Land and Freedom) :: Volver a Marx de Mexicali (2009); Volver a Marx de Chihuahua (2011)

Journal of Critical Pedagogy

Death of Puclic Education

Carlos Mora-Ninci Potrait of Peter

Gramci Article


Awanuirangi School

Awanuiarangi website :: Photos of Peter ::


Slavoj Zizerks Naked Politics

Zizek's Response

Zizek - Critical Intro

From Local to Global

CineCulture CSU Fresno

CLICK HERE for image of Peter in Fresno

Kennedy Road Settlement

Statement :: Video :: Additional Info and Links


Moore _ Capitalism: A Love Story


September 9, 2009: Speech at IMPA, Buenos Aires

I spoke on September 4, 2009 to several hundred  factory workers, artists, poets, teachers and students at at IMPA -- Industria Metalúrgica y Plástica de Argentina (Metallurgical and Plastic Industries of Argentina)-- an important occupied factory (there are 134 in Argentina) that has become one of the symbols of the whole occupied factories movement in Argentina, as it is part of the National Movement of Occupied Factories (MNER) . I spoke on the topic:  Critical Pedagogy and Class Struggle for a Post-Capitalist Future.  The factory has a school that draws significantly on critical pedagogy.  IMPA is run by an administrative council, whose members are elected by the workers. 

The IMPA workers have turned space that was not being used into a neighborhood cultural and arts center. Dance, drama and music classes and performances now take place regularly there, movies are shown in a small theater on an upper floor and artists have been allowed to set up studios where they paint, draw and sculpture.  IMPA has been occupied by the workers since 1998. 

There are currently 63 workers at IMPA, 150 students attending Adult Secondary Education lessons, a free health care clinic for the people of the Almagro neighbourhood, as well as hundreds of youth participating in a cultural centre based in the factory.

The  workers of IMPA say in a recent press release: “While we organise the resistance, we will continue doing what we know best, the workers working, the teachers teaching, the students studying, the doctors providing health care and the culture workers creating culture".

Attending my talk was a woman who was on the 14th day of her hunger strike to support the factory against eviction. 

Please support IMPA!

El Istituto, Mexico Lecture

OBAMA’S FIRST COUP D’ETAT: President Zelaya of Honduras has just been kidnapped

By Eva Golinger (28 June 2009) -- I will be live blogging the ongoing situation in Honduras from my blog at WWW.CHAVEZCODE.COM

Golf Ternament?

Lima 2009

Boise Summer Institute

Crotia Interview 2009

The Lovely Bones

Ed Minor Class Spring 2009

New Book

Philippines Matrix



Berkeley Seminar - November 2008

CLICK HERE to view videos of Peter's talks in Berkeley


CLICK HERE to go to ReARTIKULACIJA website in English

400 Villages Movement

Joe Kincheloe and Peter McLaren: A Dialogue

UA Institute of Transformative Education

UCSB Lecture

Prescott College Seminars

Center for Latino Research

Peter's Pod cast

Click on the links below to discover how The Transformative Studies Institute, The Institute for Critical Animal Studies, and Thomas Paine's Corner are collaborating to do our part to create, invent, propose, and construct a culture of resistance that includes the human, animal and Earth liberation movements!

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This Spring (2008) I gave talks in Vienna, Toronto, and Medellin, Colombia. This summer I gave talks in Finland, Portugal, Greece, and in several regions of Brasil, including Uberlandia and Salvador.

The Fall I give talks in China (September), in Canada (September), in Venezuela (October), Barcelona (October), Colombia (October) and Greece (November).

Peter in the Forbidden City ClICK on picture to view Peter in China, Entrance to Forbidden City, September 2008

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Peter at mines

November, 2008

A photo of Peter in the town of Serifos, the site of the famous miners strike of 1916.

At the turn of the 20th century, Serifos emerged as a major mining site. The shafts which employed large percentages of the local male population were exploited by the German family of the Gromans. The working conditions in the mines scored amongst the poorest in Europe and though the exact number of in-site deaths is unspecified, historians estimate it in the thousands. In response to the appalling conditions and the legendary brutality of Groman's foremen, in 1916 the miners organized a strike calling for improvement in conditions and an 8 hour workday. The strike was effectively organized by Constantinos Speras, a local anarchosyndicalist with long experience of labor struggles in the mainland. In response to the strike, Groman asked for the help of he Greek authorities which sent a national guard detachment from a nearby island. Imprisoning Speras and the entire labour leadership, the guard turned its weapons against the striking workers demanding they return to work. When the latter refused, the guard opened fire, killing 4 workers and wounding scores. In response, the bystander wives of the workers took up stones and attacked the forces of repression, killing the entirety of the armed detachment and throwing the bodies in the sea. The freed leadership then proceeded to proclaim the island a workers' council commune, leading to an effort of collective proletarian self-organisation cut short by the arrival of a French warship, whose command made clear to the workers that despite them flying the French flag, the Republic had no jurisdiction to support them against the counterattack of the Greek State. Thus Groman was given once again the control of the mines, having however guaranteed improved working conditions and an 8 hours workday. Speras would return to Athens only to be assassinated years later by Communist Party (KKE) maximalists. I was told that Costas Speras was an anarchosyndicalist but not local. He was a central member of the National Trade Union. Unfortunately, he left the trade union and reportedly became an informer for the Greek police. 

This was a dark page of the history of communist movement in Greece. The communist guerrillas killed Speras during  the German Occupation in 1943. According to my friend, Costas Therianos, in 1916 the first soviet was created in Serifos.

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Peter at Institucion Educativa La Independencia, a 
preschool, primary and secondary school in the barrio of El Salado, San Javier sector, comuna 13 in Medellin, Colombia. The school has established itself as a zone where no illegal armed groups are permitted to wield their influence. The goal is to keep students alive, and to help them heal and repair in the midst of the civil war. The bottom picture is amural in honor of Colombian educators who have been assassinated by the paramilitary death squads.

Peter McLaren and Nathalia Jaramillo

Humanities Review


New collection of Mclaren's essays


Introduction to new education book in Greece

Teaching Ignorance

Christos Katsikas and Costas Therianos

recent Conference Recent Conferences
Michael Lebowitz conversation

"Pedagogy, Human Development and Socialism: The Bolivarian Revolution."

Please click on the image to the left to view selections from a conversation between Peter McLaren and Michael Lebowitz (video recorded September 14, 2006).

Praxis Predagogy Flier

E-BOOK AND PAPERBACK NOW AVAILABLE. Please click on the image to the left for the details for getting the new book Pedagogy and Praxis in the Age of Empire.

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Latest Classes

ED229 Critical Pedagogy, Multiculturalism, and the Politics of Resistance (PDF) | ED284 Critical Theory in Education: Power, Politics and Liberation (PDF) |

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Bio, Calendar & Pictures of Interest

Click here for my current professional bio, my wikipedia entry, or my CV

For a listing of my upcoming engagements, please click here.

For a fantastic image created by Roy Carter for the book Teaching Peter McLaren, please click here.

For recent news regarding my inclusion on UCLA's "dirty thirty" list of professors, please click here, or here, or here.

For a description and trailers of a new film by Juli Jiyoung Kang, in which I play a Marxist professor turned spiritual guide, please click here.

For a stirring 7 minute video depicting the revolutionary legacy of Che Guevara, please click here. (Note: 38 MB) And here is a link to the lyrics of The Internationale.

The Fundacion McLaren is a new organization created by a number of scholars and activists based in Tijuana, Mexico. Access the website they have created for their events, writings, and announcements (in Spanish, some English).

Area 23

Hip hop Venezuela: group AREA 23

Venezuela suffered a US-backed coup d'etat on April 11, 2002. This is the story of the youth of the barrios who fought to restore democracy and president Hugo Chávez.

Cardona Nathalie Cardone sings "Hasta Siempre"
book - spanish version
New Book from Siglo Veintiuno Editores-Mexico available
"The worker becomes all the poorer the more wealth he produces, the more his production increases in power and range. The worker becomes an ever cheaper commodity the more commodities he creates. With the increasing value of the world of things proceeds in direct proportion to the devaluation of the world of men. Labour produces not only commodities; it produces itself and the worker as a commodity -- and does so in the proportion in which it produces commodities generally." - Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts (1844)
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youTube Video: El Socialismo del Siglo 21

Journal of Education Policy Studies

  • The Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies is published by the Institute for Education Policy Studies, an independent Radical Left/ Socialist/ Marxist institute for developing analysis of education policy. The Institute, and this Journal, also seek to develop Marxist education theory, analysis and policy development.

Recent and Forthcoming Books

Some Articles Available Online

Chavez Introducing McLaren

Tax the Rich - Fairy Tale

Arizone is banning books

Capitalism Is Crime

Liva la Revolucion

Manu Chao in Arizona

Occupy Giroux - Giroux

Cultural and Critical Theory Library

Video - Occupy Wall Street

support Occupy Wall Street: video :: NYPD Bragging about Beatings :: Wall Street Bankers Not Jailed :: Photos


Pedagogy of the Theater of the Oppressed

Mining in Guatamala

Crimes - Bush and Obama


Conference - Critical Pedagogy - University of Penn

Che - Dream


Common Dream - Arizona Students

Common Dreams - Song to Obama

NYM Solidarity Request

Che's Letter

Mandela and Fidel

Wisconsin Btn

Marx Reloaded

Henry Giroux Article

Ending Integration in NC schools

Peter's Latest Tatoo

Glenn Beck - It's a Wonderful Life

Harvey - Crisis of Capitalism

StopTheWar - MySpace

RSA - Educational Paradigm

Salili - Multiculturalism article

Donald Duck and Glenn Beck

Gioux- When Generosity Hurts

Anti-Intellectualism at UAlbany

Chicago Teachers

Cuba Debate

Teacher Pressed to Edge

Howard Zinn on America's Imperialism

Not Waiting for Superman

Jefferson High School Leader

SWP Online

Save Marxist Science

LAUSC Student Rights against military recruitment

John Steward  Comments on Beck

Slavoj Zizek cartoon

Cuban 5 article

Stone 2

Stone - Truth

Sarah Knopp

Carlos Escano Education 4.0 article

2010 AERA photos

Jon McLaren Skateboard Park

cartoon - Mother Nature

18th Street Arts Center


Arizona and Immigration Graphics

Sartre and Che

Ghosts of Presidents

with Michael Parenti

youTube Book Phone In

Henry Zinn tribute


Wood Allen

Education Crisis Cartoon

Revolutionizing Pedagogy




McLaren in MexiCali

Interview with Peter Mclaren with Radica Notes

JROTC Shutdown letter

Justice and Tenure for Professor Sarah Raymundo!
Che Guevara
Ausralian Critical Education

Party for Socialism and Liberation

Powerpoint link to Stations of the Cross

Columbus video

Saint or Communist dualism

Óscar Romero

El Unico Dialogo


CLPR UC Berkeley

Peter and Nita Freire
Freire, McLaren, and Boal

Comunist Internationale1 Movie

Comunist Internationale1 Movie

War Is Peace
Mi Otro Yo Video button


Guests of the Raramuri


Marx's Death
Freire Videoas

Raya Dunayevskaya Raya Dunayevskaya

Paulo Freire
Emma Goldman
Malcolm X
Karl Marx
Rosa Luxemburg
Vladimir Lenin
Eugene Debs
Vladimir Lenin

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* (La traducción ha sido hecha por el Mtro. Sergio Velasco Yáñez, integrante del Cuerpo Académico “Procesos de Educación de Personas Jóvenes y Adultas” de la Unidad 011, Aguascalientes, de la Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, quien ha gestionado su participación en el Seminario Internacional: “El Poder de Educar: La Pedagogía Crítica a debate”. 28, 29 y 30 de Enero de 2009 en la Sala Audiovisual.)