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ISBN-13: 978-0877227755 ISBN-10: 0877227756 Edition: Reprint

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Horton, the recently deceased founder of the Highlander Folk School, and Freire, a Brazilian education leader, were from two different backgrounds, but their shared views on the use of participatory education in bringing about social change are the basis for this thought-provoking, beautifully presented book. Arranged in the form of a written conversation, it provides an intimate view of two men who based their work upon the belief that a good education required three basic elements: love for people, respect for people's abilities to shape their own lives, and the capacity to value others' experiences. This is a book to be read in one sitting, meditated upon, and returned to again for its quiet power and sustenance.
- Annelle R. Huggins, Memphis State Univ . Libs
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"We Make the Road by Walking is a book of compelling passion, politics, and hope. The dialogue between Horton and Freire opens up new insights into the meaning of pedagogy, social criticism, and collective struggle. This book offers hope by demonstrating in the voices and practices of two of the great educator-activists of the twentieth century the reason for making pedagogy practical and theoretical in the service of social justice."
Professor Henry A. Giroux, Director, Center for Education and Cultural Studies, Miami University


"This book is an inspiration.... People interested in learning and social change will find in these pages hope, humor, passion, guidance, and humility. This final conversation between two educator from different continents reveals their common dream of human liberation, their common commitment to love and justice."
Professor Ira Shor, College of Staten Island, CUNY


"The Myles Horton-Paulo Freire talks represent one of the most important educational conversations of the twentieth century.... This is the first book since Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed that I have said must be read."
Budd L. Hall, Secretary-General, International Council for Adult Education

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; Reprint edition (December 28, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0877227756
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877227755
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1999
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I agree with the last reader that this is one of the best books I have ever read. Horton (may he rest in peace) and Freire have been on the front lines of using education for social progress and change. They discuss their philosophies and principles about education, illustrated by powerful stories of their work over the years, in an informal, conversational style. It has made me totally rethink the way I approach teaching adult ESL students.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By lide0004@tc.umn.edu on June 2, 1998
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There is no better book that combines education and social change than "We Make the Road By Walking". The dialog format truly lets the reader feel as though you are sitting next to Freire and Horton in a rocking chair at Highlander. This book is nothing short of a guide for all of us to shape the world we live in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia L. Mellon on June 11, 2013
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This is a valuable summary of the work of two giants in the field of education for social change. Myles Horton founded the Highlander Center in Tennessee, where legions of social activists were trained in political analysis and non-violent resistance--Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, to name but two of the most famous. Paulo Freire of Brazil developed a whole new form of teaching activism, from which Popular Education developed. Pop Ed, as it is affectionately called, has been used around the world to work with poor and oppressed peoples in analyzing their situation in order to work for change. The book is delightfully readable, and fills in many gaps about the lives and philosophy of these two world changers. A must read for anyone who is truly interested in education for change.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H on July 8, 2006
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Just wanted to say ditto to the previous reviewers. Highly readable, engaging dialogue between the two great minds, a great introduction to their lives and thought. I give this book to friends as a gift probably half a dozen times a year it is that good. Trust me. Buy it. Read it. Go out and transform this world into one less ugly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kayla on August 22, 2011
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This book is particularly good for understanding the relationships between the organizer/facilitator and the grass roots community activists, for understanding what can be done during down times when social movements are least active, and for understanding the role of education in the transformation of society.
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I have been an educator utilizing popular education as my guiding model since the 1970's, even before I formally knew about "popular education". Until we, educators,use a different model to teach our students will reflect the the current system that is designed to produce "sheeple", workers destined to enrich the powers that be that are destroying our planet and everything on it.
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This book is an excellent conversation between two greats in the world of Adult Education, Freire and Horton. These men accomplished much in social change during their practice and have left the map for us to read and learn from. For those adult educators who are involved in a situation requiring social change, here is the guide book to help us.
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This book is a gem that I had no idea it existed until visiting the Highlander. Both Myles Horton and Paulo Freire offer wise insight into education for social change within the system and outside the existing system. Because they decided to "speak a book together" it reads like a conversation.
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