If Freire Made a MOOC: Open Education and Critical Digital Pedagogy

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Ceding authority is an active endeavor. Paulo Freire writes in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, "A revolutionary leadership must accordingly practice co-intentional education." The pedagogical value in openness is that it can create dialogue by increasing access and bringing together at once disparate learning spaces. A presentation at OpenEd 2014 by Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris

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  • If you ever actually study Freire's writings, you will see that he is quite unclear about his politics; he never uses words such as race, class, etc. He uses the politically blurry word "oppressed. The references to left wing writers and theory is heavily counterbalanced by his Christian metaphors, references, analogies. He was funded havily by the world council of churches, catholic churches, and also US counter-insurgent forces that camouflaged as international development foundations. He had a good heart but his politics and his pedagogies focused on dialogue, not resistance. By the way, Freire himself was a master monologist, and lecturer. He himself did not dialogue, but engaged in 1-way instruction. read "Letters to Guinea Bissau". DId you ever wonder why there are no letters from Guinea Bissau in his writings? Freire is telling them what to do, not diaglouing. Moreover, one would think if he practice his preaching of 'learning by doing', then he would have changed or refined or maybe even thrown out some of his earlier ideas and concepts. Nope. Didn't happen. because he never did learn from his own practice, and frankly he didn't seem to care about lessons learned. He was the "master", always..
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  • I wonder if you're underplaying the specific liberationist political dimension of Freire's thoughts? Also, you only think about learning and pedagogy not about the curriculum which is a far bigger problem than the mode of instruction.
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  • thank you for the hope!
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  • Lotza purty pics
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  • Oh, and the quotation on slide 28 is spot on, as well.
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