Education as the fracture point: Emancipatory Education (archive 2012)

Symptomatic Commentary

No pedagogy which is truly liberating can remain distant from the oppressed by treating them as unfortunates and by presenting for their emulation models from among the oppressors. The oppressed must be their own example in the struggle for their redemption (Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1970, p. 54)

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As I am setting in a cold, concrete classroom, prepping essay instructions for a group of young students who are trying to get to the US university system here in South Korea, I keep thinking of my duty to my students.  The words for  Paulo Freire sit with me, but also how misguided many of the attempts to use him by “progressive liberal” educators are.  The focus was always on the banking model of education–fight against the idea that the teacher was an informational storehouse.  This notion of Freire’s is totally in line with prior liberal models of education, such as…

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