How education shaped communist Cuba
Hare, P. W.
Gomez, Andy S.
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Citation (published version)P.W. Hare, Andy S Gomez. 2015. "How Education Shaped Communist Cuba." The Atlantic, https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/02/how-education-shaped-communist-cuba/386192/
F is for Fidel, Y is for Yanqui. This mantra used for teaching the alphabet in revolutionary Cuba shows just how far its educational divide with the U.S. has stretched. No sector illustrates better how Cuba and the U.S. have grown apart in over 50 years than education. Cuba claims today that its academic standards are among the highest in the world, and the country has educated tens of thousands of foreign students, mostly in medicine. U.S. policymakers know little about the methods used in Cuban education, nor what practical opportunities for collaboration in research and business might exist. With the agreement the two countries made last December to restore diplomatic relations, that may be about to change.