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EPZ Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Impacts) Paperback – December 9, 2004
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Famous for his book PEDAGOGY OF THE OPPRESSED, kicked out of countries for daring to train farm workers and laborers in literacy and critical appraisal, Paulo Freire takes us behind the scenes and shows us what he was thinking, doing, and feeling throughout his long and radical career.
Reading his other work, one might have guessed, say, that when he was much younger, the good doctor was blasted during a lecture on Piaget by a laborer who stood up and asked him on what side of town Freire lived and whether HIS household crammed several unwashed and hungry children into one room. But such anecdotes are of invaluable worth in showing how Freire learned what he learned--painfully.
That the reader can sense in his wordplay that finally the man who'd done so much for others took this opportunity to wane autobiographical may cause a smile or two. But it shouldn't be mistaken for narcissism or pomposity. An activist and faithholder in people oppressed and in despair has earned the right to his eloquence, and it's nice to feel him enjoying it here and there.Read more ›
If you have read "Pedagogy of the Oppressed", then you *must* read this! In this wonderful work, Freire tells the story of how the first book came to be written and the journeys that the book has taken him on since. Throughout the tale, he also responds to a lot of the major criticism of the first book in a charitable and brilliant manner. The work's title also comes from a frequent motif in the book, the importance of maintaining hope in our often seemingly hopeless world--an argument that Freire makes beautifully.
Overall, Freire's thoughtful and humble prose makes for a great read. There are great stories and great ideas for making our world a more beautiful one. I am guessing that the reader who put down the book as "self-important" and not "accessible" merely did not read the 1970 classic first. Go read that first if you haven't, but afterwards check out this!
I'll leave you with a favorite passage from the work:
"The idea that hope alone will transform the world, and action undertaken in that kind of naïveté, is an excellent route to hopelessness, pessimism, and fatalism. But the attempt to do without hope, in the struggle to improve the world, as if that struggle could be reduced to calculated acts alone, or a purely scientific approach, is a frivolous illusion."
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Freire was an amazing man, that did great things for adult education. His first work Pedagogy of the Oppressed is a classic and a must read. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by J. A. Atkins
I had expected this to be a take off of the prequel, giving a new twist to Pedagogy of the Oppressed, but found it more of a critique by the author along with a host of personal... Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Judith Johnston