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Education is an apparatus of the state to colonize and mold useful, docile subjects and citizens, but education can also enable resistance to oppression and liberate. It was thus a battleground for the culture or canon wars of the 1980s and 1990s sparked in part by the Third World Liberation Front’s 1968 strike. That historic strike for Third World studies sought to disrupt the relation of teacher-colonizer and student-colonized and seek the creation of a people who had been denied a history and culture.

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