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Standardized education as the serum: Roth’s 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘵 as a representation of how standardized education molds compliant citizens

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Authors
Sánchez Silva, Yaritza
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Advisor
Chansky, Ricia
College
College of Arts and Sciences - Art
Department
Department of English
Degree Level
M.A.E.E.
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Date
2024-05-10
Abstract
The objective of this thesis is to draw connections between standardized education in Puerto Rico and the young adult dystopian novel Divergent to understand why the policies that serve as foundation for course planning in the archipelago are problematic. The analysis will focus on discussing how, through a model of education that hinders critical and divergent thinking, the elite shape compliant citizens that will not feel capable of challenging social impositions. The project is based on an autoethnographic analysis of teaching in the contemporary Puerto Rican context, applying close reading techniques to discuss the connections between the social structure and dynamics in Divergent and Puerto Rico. Being a divergent teacher is presented as an alternative to challenge oppression and provide students an opportunity to develop their thought processes, so that they can feel capable of understanding and questioning the social dynamic in which they live.

El objetivo de esta tesis es discutir conexiones entre la educación estandarizada en Puerto Rico y la novela de distopía juvenil Divergente para entender por qué las políticas que sirven de base para la planificación de clases en el archipiélago resultan problemáticas. El análisis se enfocará en discutir cómo, a través de un sistema de educación que perjudica el pensamiento crítico y divergente, la élite moldea a ciudadanos obedientes que no se sentirán capaces de desafiar imposiciones sociales. El proyecto se basa en un análisis autoetnográfico de enseñar en el contexto contemporáneo puertorriqueño, aplicando técnicas de lectura detallada para discutir las conexiones entre la estructura y dinámica social en la obra literaria Divergente y Puerto Rico. Ser una educadora divergente se presenta como una alternativa para desafiar la opresión y proveerle a estudiantes una oportunidad para desarrollar sus procesos de pensamiento para que puedan sentirse capaces de entender y cuestionar la dinámica social en la que viven.
Keywords
Puerto Rico,
colonialism,
standardized education,
young adult dystopian literature,
autoethnography
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Sánchez Silva, Y. (2024). Standardized education as the serum: Roth’s 𝘋𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘵 as a representation of how standardized education molds compliant citizens [Thesis]. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11801/3692