Notes on Ernesto Che Guevara’s Ideas on Pedagogy

By Lidia Turner Marti  

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Available for the first time in English outside of Cuba, this book introduces readers to this important figure’s pedagogical thinking. One of Guevara’s enduring contributions was his insistence that a new socialist society involved not only economic and political change, but also the creation of what he called “a new man.” “Collectivism,” says author Lidia Turner Martí, “was considered by Che a very important part of the personality of the Cuban socialist man.” Martí points out that in Che’s vision “the education of every person is subjected not only to individual influences (teachers, parents, family and comrades) but above all to the influence of the collective, the social group, the environment, the media and others.

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  • Marti’s book is the best introduction that this reviewer knows of to a topic not just of historical interest but one that others inspired by the Cuban example will have to grapple with both before and after working-class conquest of state power—to ensure that the historically oppressed can actually run the new society.

    — Adult Education Quarterly V. 67(2) (full review)


  • Foreword by Justo A. Chavez Rodrîguez
  • Introduction
  • Ernesto Guevara’s Contribution to the Theory of Education of the Cuban Socialist Manifesto
  • Ernesto Che Guevara and Social Pedagogy
  • Che’s Work and Cuban Education
  • Final Reflections
  • Appendices
  • Bibliography


  • Lidia Turner Marti

    Lidia Turner Martí has a Ph.D from the University of Havana and the scientific degree of Doctor in Pedagogical Science. Dr. Turner is a former director of the Central Institute of Pedagogical Science in Cuba, an emeritus professor of Enrique Joisé Varona Higher Pedagogical Institute and an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba.

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