HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL – JAN. 9, 2017 – SHEROES & HEROES: ARTISTS
Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Assistant Director, Reiki Master, and Psychic Kali Meister
“Language is never neutral” ~ Paulo Freire
Paulo Freire, an education activist, was a Brazilian educator and philosopher who was a leading advocate of critical pedagogy. He is best known for his influential work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, considered one of the foundational texts of the critical pedagogy movement.
In Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970), Freire, reprising the oppressors-oppressed distinction, differentiates between the positions in an unjust society: the oppressor and the oppressed. Freire champions that education should allow the oppressed to regain their sense of humanity, in turn overcoming their condition. Nevertheless, he acknowledges that for this to occur, the oppressed individual must play a role in their liberation.
Freire believed education to be a political act that could not be divorced from pedagogy. Freire defined this as a main tenet of critical pedagogy. Teachers and students must be made aware of the “politics” that surround education. The way students are taught and what they are taught serves a political agenda. Teachers, themselves, have political notions they bring into the classroom.
Today’s Action: Can we be truly unbiased? By Freire’s thought and pedagogy everything we say has a direction and agenda. Write about the meaning of your words.
Today’s Sharing: Share the stories of where your words have taken you with the community and with us at the Holy Heretic Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine.
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