Freirean Pedagogy, Praxis, and Possibilities: Projects for the New Millennium

Freirean Pedagogy, Praxis, and Possibilities: Projects for the New Millennium

Freirean Pedagogy, Praxis, and Possibilities: Projects for the New Millennium

Freirean Pedagogy, Praxis, and Possibilities: Projects for the New Millennium

Synopsis

Scholar, activist, and educator Paulo Freire was one of the first thinkers to fully appreciate the relationships between education, politics, imperialism, and liberation. This volume is a testament to the works of Paulo Freire in the field of Education as well as the life of the man: a "story of courage, hardship, perseverance, and unyielding belief in the power of love." In this comprehensive collection, prominent intellectuals including Noam Chomsky and Donald Macedo reflect on Freire's "politics of liberation" and add important new dimensions to the revolutionary, innovative ideas that Freire bequeathed to a generation much in need.

Excerpt

Peter McLaren

I “played” so much at being a teacher when I was an adolescent that when I taught my first classes in an orientation course at the Osvaldo Cruz School of Recife, in the 1940s, I had a hard time distinguishing between the imaginary professor and the real one and I was happy in both worlds.

-PAULO freire (IN PRESS)

[W]hat I have been proposing from my political convictions, my philosophical convictions, is a profound respect for the total autonomy of the educator. What I have been proposing is a profound respect for the cultural identity of students-a cultural identity that implies respect for the language of the other, the color of the other, the gender of the other, the class of the other, the sexual orientation of the other, the intellectual capacity of the other; that implies the ability to stimulate the creativity of the other. But these things take place in a social and historical context and not in pure air. These things take place in history and I, Paulo Freire, am not the owner of history.

-PAULO freire (1997, pp. 307-308).

Paulo Freire was one of the first internationally recognized educational thinkers who fully appreciated the relationship among education, politics, imperialism, and liberation. Generally considered the inaugural philosopher of critical pedagogy, Freire was able to effectively recast pedagogy on a global basis in the direction of a radical politics of histor-

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