Through Castro’s speeches and secondary educational scholarship, this research explores the following question: In what ways was Cuban education constructed in the 1960s to promote a revolutionary cultural consciousness, and how did that education grow over time to support the Cuban position in the Cold War? This question rose from the educational policy studies of Rolland G. Paulston, whereby he declared post-revolutionary Cuba successful in its educational reform because Castro created “new social institutions and a basic social and cultural realignment [using a] ‘societalcentric’ [model] that morally rewards [the working masses].” Grounded in seminal definitions of the revolution as an educative movement, this paper explores both institutional and ideological goals embedded in Fidel Castro’s speeches on education.

First Advisor

Poppy Fry

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in History

Date of Award

Spring 5-18-2014