Volume 35, 2018
Philosophical Traditions in Latin America
Caribay Delgado Medina
Simón Rodríguez: Education as an Emancipating and Participative Agent for the Latin-American Context
Simón Rodríguez (1769-1854) is one of the most important thinkers of the Enlightenment period in Venezuela. Tutor of Simón Bolívar, and considered by him “the Socrates of Caracas”, Rodríguez inspires the educational ideas of the current Venezuelan political process. His influence is noticeable in the articles 102 and 103 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and in different public educational projects. His ideas also extended to philosophical and political fields, and were very influenced by the thinkers of the French Enlightenment, especially by Rousseau. Moreover, Rodríguez proposes an original pedagogical model highly connected to political and public issues, and related to the historical context and needs of Latin-America. This pedagogical model considers the child as a valuable, inquiring individual that must be prepared to fully participate in a democratic, productive and inclusive process.