[NetBehaviour] Lessons to Be Learned From Paulo Freire as Education Is Being Taken Over by the Mega Rich.
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Sun Nov 28 13:37:32 CET 2010
Lessons to Be Learned From Paulo Freire as Education Is Being Taken Over
by the Mega Rich.
By Henry A. Giroux.
(This is a much expanded version of "Lessons From Paulo Freire," which
appeared in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.)
At a time when memory is being erased and the political relevance of
education is dismissed in the language of measurement and
quantification, it is all the more important to remember the legacy and
work of Paulo Freire. Freire is one of the most important educators of
the 20th century and is considered one of the most important theorists
of "critical pedagogy" - the educational movement guided by both passion
and principle to help students develop a consciousness of freedom,
recognize authoritarian tendencies, empower the imagination, connect
knowledge and truth to power and learn to read both the word and the
world as part of a broader struggle for agency, justice and democracy.
His groundbreaking book, "Pedagogy of the Oppressed," has sold more than
a million copies and is deservedly being commemorated this year - the
40th anniversary of its appearance in English translation - after having
exerted its influence over generations of teachers and intellectuals in
the Americas and abroad.
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