Toward Cosmopolitan Sensibilities in US Curriculum Studies: A Synoptic Rendering of the Franciscan Tradition in Mexico

James C. Jupp


This essay articulates the notion of cosmopolitan sensibilities in curriculum studies through a synoptic rendering of the Franciscan educational tradition in 16th century Mexico. Recovered by Mexican intellectuals preceding but especially in the wake of the Mexican Revolution, the Franciscan tradition provides one of several “origin narratives” for the ideology of mestizaje central to Mexican national identity of the present. The Franciscan tradition, represented in biographical sketches of Pedro de Gante, Toribio de Motolinía, and Vasco de Quiroga, articulated a lived pedagogy emphasizing a historicized Catholic ethics of liberation problematically fraught with paternalism. As an example of cosmopolitan sensibilities in curriculum studies, the Franciscan tradition signals but one tradition currently eclipsed in curriculum discourses and refinements that drives at a discussion of Hispanophone educational and cultural criticism.

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