Lessons to Be Learned From Paulo Freire as Education Is Being Taken Over by the Mega Rich

Nov 24, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is, notes the article, a much expanded version of "Lessons From Paulo Freire," which appeared in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education (the Chronicle article is, ironically, paywalled).

"Freire believed that education, in the broadest sense, was eminently political because it offered students the conditions for self-reflection, a self-managed life and critical agency.... far from a mere method or an a priori technique to be imposed on all students, education is a political and moral practice that provides the knowledge, skills and social relations that enable students to explore for themselves the possibilities of what it means to be engaged citizens."
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