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Comunicación

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Abstract

ASCENCIO VELASQUEZ, Milton. Transforming education for El Salvador: proposals and obstacles to accomplish it. Comunicación [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.2, pp. 31-46. ISSN 0379-3974.

This paper has two purposes. First, to present a point of view about the concept of quality education in relation to the goals of Salvadoran education as written in the Political Constitution of El Salvador. It is assumed that quality education is understood as that which procures the teaching of critical and active citizens using the development of critical thinking as a point of departure, which allows them to provide solutions to the current social problems. The second purpose is to argue that in the present there are serious obstacles for the Salvadoran State to guarantee a transforming education of its population such as the limited access to the educational system, a high school drop-out rate, limited training of the educators, as well as the lack of a nation-wide consensus regarding education, little investment in education and reductionist ideas which orient the government's educational programs towards labor competitiveness and technological updating only.

Keywords : transforming education; quality education; citizens' education; critical thinking; right to education; educational policies.

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