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Book Title: Pedagogy of the Oppressed|
The author of the book: Paulo Freire
Edition: Continuum International Publishing Group (NY)
Date of issue: January 1st 1993
ISBN 13: 9780826406118
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If you're into really sincere hippie guys, read this on the subway. They will swarm.
Warning: they'll swarm even if you're not into them, so keep an "Atlas Shrugged" jacket handy!
Actually, this book contains one of my guiding-light passages:
"Any situation in which some individuals prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence. The means used are not important; to alienate human beings from their own decision-making is to change them into objects" (85).
In my fascist state, that passage is tattooed -- in the original Portuguese -- on every single social worker, right before they head off into the field. Actually, why just the social workers, let's tattoo it on everyone, why not? It's a great line!
I also like the stuff about the oppressors being very damaged by their oppressing. It's a very helpful concept that explains a lot. The education stuff? Weeelllll.... I grew up in Berkeley, where I never learned any actual math, and I have a strong suspicion someone's ideas for the experimental math curriculum were influenced by Freire, sooooo..... I'm biased. If I'd had a little more banking education as a youth, I might not need to take off my shoes now to balance my checkbook!
It's hard to evaluate this book. It's kind of like the Beatles: I'm not really that into it, but where would we be today without its influence? It's impossible to know. That said, it's a little perplexing that a book about popular education should seem so willfully obtuse and difficult. This book is hard to get through. I didn't read all of it! Still, it's a good idea.
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Read information about the authorThe Brazilian educator Paulo Freire is among most the influential educational thinkers of the late 20th century. Born in Recife, Brazil, on September 19, 1921, Freire died of heart failure in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 2, 1997. After a brief career as a lawyer, he taught Portuguese in secondary schools from 1941-1947. He subsequently became active in adult education and workers' training, and became the first Director of the Department of Cultural Extension of the University of Recife (1961-1964).
Freire quickly gained international recognition for his experiences in literacy training in Northeastern Brazil. Following the military coup d'etat of 1964, he was jailed by the new government and eventually forced into a political exile that lasted fifteen-years.
In 1969 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and then moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he assumed the role of special educational adviser to the World Congress of Churches. He returned to Brazil in 1979.
Freire's most well known work is Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970). Throughout this and subsequent books, he argues for system of education that emphasizes learning as an act of culture and freedom. He is most well known for concepts such as "Banking" Education, in which passive learners have pre-selected knowledge deposited in their minds; "Conscientization", a process by which the learner advances towards critical consciousness; the "Culture of Silence", in which dominated individuals lose the means by which to critically respond to the culture that is forced on them by a dominant culture. Other important concepts developed by Freire include: "Dialectic", "Empowerment", "Generative Themes/Words", "Humanization", "Liberatory Education", "Mystification", "Praxis", " Problematization", and "Transformation of the World".
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