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"Critical pedagogy, for Rancourt, is all about democratizing the classroom. Students are given input over the curriculum, they are encouraged to take classroom discussion wherever it may lead, and there are no grades." At the University of Ottawa, it has become criminal pedagogy, with Rancourt, a professor, locked out of his offices and marched off campus by security. Yet his method, based on Friere's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, is exactly the sort of learning appropriate for an interconnected and personally empowered society. Like, say, now. Via Ron Lubensky. Here is Rancourt's home page and (infrequently updated) blog. Also, see U of O Watch blog.

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