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Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage (Critical Perspectives Series: A Book Series Dedicated to Paulo Freire) Paperback – December 13, 2000
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Pedagogy of Freedom is a stirring culmination of Paulo Freire's life work. It is in no way a conclusion or a summation: it is a text that urges its readers to become, to reach towards still untapped possibility. The themes of Freire's earlier writing are extended here into thoughtful explorations of ethics and democracy and the ways in which they may release a sense of agency in the long exploited and cruelly silenced. Moreover, he has new things to say about ideology and freedom in a world marked by a threatening 'globalization' and an unprecedented manipulation by media. As before, he speaks of ‘passion,' ‘love,' and ‘caring;' and, each time he does so, it is as if his hand grasps each one of our shoulders, urging us on and on. (Maxine Greene, Columbia University)
Braiding bold vision with precision, Freire, in his brilliance, allows us to imagine a tomorrow of democracy and freedom. Insisting on the 'incompleteness' of us all and on a 'dreamer's right to dream,' Pedagogy of Freedom reminds us that our work is never done; that change is always possible, always essential, always unfinished. (Michelle Fine, The Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York)
With Pedagogy of Freedom, Paulo Freire enriches the dialogical perspectives with a call for universal ethics that establishes a better foundation for education in the next century. (Ramón Flecha, University of Barcelona, Spain)
At the threshold of the twenty-first century, we face the need to learn a new and more communicative way of constructing educational theory. With Pedagogy of Freedom, Freire contributes a unique guide to such a mission. . . . While social sciences are witnessing the revival of the idea of deliberative democracy (Elster, 1988), as well as the possibility of transforming social positions through dialogue (Giddens, 1994), we now have a book that discusses how to develop such dialogic democracy in education. In Pedagogy of Freedom, Freire defends a universal human ethic that extends not only to schools but also to teachers' training. (Harvard Educational Review)
This book is a repository of Freire's wisdom, the wisdom that informs his philosophy of education and his educational approach. . . . I would recommend this one as very important. (Studies In The Education Of Adults)
Pedagogy of Freedom is almost an elegy. In looping around themes that have run through his work, Freire's book is a reminder of his fundamentally optimistic vision of the radical possibilities for education. (College English)
Paulo Freire is one of the ideological giants. . . . In this book, Freire remains passionately idealistic and inspirational, without denying the complexity of the work or the difficulty of creating real change. It is one of the rare tomes to which one can return again and again... (What On Earth)
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It was therefore for me personally, at the age of 55, a true joy to run across both this book and Pedagogy of the Oppressed as well as Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom both of which I will review shortly.
The only two books coming close in my own reading history, apart from Chomsky, Ellul, and Marcuse, have been Radical Man: The Process of Psycho-Social Development. and Improper behavior. See also Rule by Secrecy: The Hidden History That Connects the Trilateral Commission, the Freemasons, and the Great Pyramids and Animal Farm (Signet Classics).Read more ›
"It is fundamental for us to know that without certain qualities or virtues, such as a generous loving heart, respect for others, tolerance, humility, a joyful disposition, love of life, openness to what is new, a disposition to welcome change, perseverance in the struggle, a refusal of determinism, a spirit of hope, and openness to justice, progressive pedagogical practice is not possible. It is something that the merely scientific, technical mind cannot accomplish." pg 108
The introductions is although half of the book but insightful of the circumanstaces of Frier's lectures and the outcomes of them especuially after his death.
Instead, Freire argues for embracing the subjectivity of education and teachers' roles as advocates and activists. Education is inherently the subjective encounter of two or more human beings, each with his or her own social and historical context - gender, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status, ability, and historical experiences. It is only within that context that education can happen, so one of the first and primary roles of education is to explore and understand that context. Issues of injustice, discrimination, exploitation, oppression, poverty and social class are not to be politely side-stepped as if we are in fact all equal. It is only through confronting social constructs and power structures as they exist that we can begin to approach equality. Therefore, as such issues arise and exist, it is the teacher's responsibility to take sides - to favor the oppressed and the exploited and to stand up to such injustice. Anything else does violence to the subjectivity of the other and, thereto, to one's own.
Teaching is not merely the pouring of information into the empty vessel that is the student. It is rather the meeting of two (or more) active subjects in slightly different places on the learning path. The teacher too needs to be open to learning (and specifically, learning from the student). This means that the teachers needs to respect the experience and worldview of the student.Read more ›
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We need to understand in the U.S. that our education system is outdated, and no longer serves the purpose of preparing it's citizens for full participation in our society. Read morePublished 12 days ago by PaBolt50
Ugh he takes 100 pages to explain something he could've explained in 10 pages. This book is redundant and the author tries his hardest to use the biggest words he can find.Published 3 months ago by hannah
My favorite Freire book! This is why i am in education! I recommend you struggle through Pedagogy of the Oppressed first, as it is the Freire starting place, but no graduate... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Branch
Freire is wonderfully articulate and passionate in this book, but he has an extremely political perspective that contradicts my own values. Read morePublished 8 months ago by corsue
Great book for class, I will keep it and not resell it!Published 13 months ago by Janet L. Rushbrook
Those interested in justice and truth must take the time to digest this book, Freire's last before his death in 1997. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John B. Simms
This book is amazing, really deep understanding of teaching and what it means to teach.Published 15 months ago by launicaliz
Paulo is a tough read, and Marxist as well, sometimes hard to stomach, Required reading for my master'sPublished 15 months ago by prepper