Paulo Freire Pedagogy of the Oppressed“There is in fact, no teaching without learning. One requires the other.”
Who is Paulo Freire? “The teacher is no longer merely the-one-who-teaches, but one who is him/herself taught in dialogue with students, who in turn while being taught also teach. They become jointly responsible for a process for which all grow.” CLICK ON PICTURE FOR BIO
Oppression “In order for this struggle to have meaning, the oppressed must not, in seeking to regain their humanity (which is a way to create it), become in turn oppressors of the oppressors, but rather restorers of the humanity of both.” Oppression knows no boundaries. Can we reform our educational system if it’s based on oppression? Click If we all want a better educational and watch system, why is reforming education this clip so difficult? Click me!
The Banking Concept of Education Education is an act of depositing. The teacher makes the deposit and the students are the depositories. Students are limited to receiving, filing and storing information. Does our curriculum reflect an act of depositing? How does our testing culture relate to this concept?
Say It Isn’t So “The capability of banking education to minimize or annul thestudents’ creative power and to stimulate their credulity serves the interests of the oppressors, who care neither to have the world revealed nor to see it transformed.” Freire believed that “problem-posing” education would liberate oppressed students by emphasizing critical thinking Do our schools emphasize critical thinking? Does it depend on the school?
Re-Envisioning Freire’s “Banking Concept of Education” Stop and think… Do you agree with Freire’s concepts of education?What would James Gee have to say to Paulo Freire? ~Read this article~ Click me!
Process of Inquiry CLICK ME “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.” Do our classrooms encourage the process of inquiry? How would you apply this process in your class?
Freire Himself CLICK If you could have a conversation with Freire, what would you want to ask him about educational reform?
Critical Pedagogy Henry Giroux is one of the founding theorists of critical pedagogy – his work draws from Paulo Freire. “Today, in the age of standardized testing, thinking and acting, reason and judgment have been thrown out the window just as teachers are increasingly being deskilled and forcedClick on photo to act as semi-robotic technicians good for little more than teaching for the test...”
Freire As Your School’s Superintendent? Take a minute and think about his concepts… Can you imagine what a school would like if Freire was superintendent? If you’re done imagining read this Ok now would you want him as the superintendent? Why or why not?
Are We In Need of a Revolution?! CLICK PICTURE
Are We Teachers or Educators ? On a final note take a look at THIS “I teach because I search, because I question, and because I submit myself to questioning” “To teach is not to transfer knowledge but to create the possibilities for the production or construction of knowledge.”