Paulo Freire

Paulo Freire - Matt Deis Mr. McNerney PA English 9/13/09...

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Matt Deis Mr. McNerney PA English 9/13/09 Pg. 1: “…one of the most influential and radical educators of our world.” This excerpt is from the first sentence of the preface of the main text. I myself, having never read any of this text before, was quite surprised to read this in the first sentence. When reading this I can’t decide if I am going to take what I am reading as totally radical and extreme ideas that could never have the chance to actually come to fruition or extremely intelligent ways of thinking that I have never seen before. Pg. 2: “…teachers either work {for the liberation of the people-their humanization-or for their domestication, their domination.}” When Freire writes this, he explains this choice as being “simple.” He writes as if this is definite and complete, mandatory choice that all teachers make before they begin their career’s. That all teachers knowingly choose to either liberate their students or send them into a deeper state of un-consciousness. When reading this I wonder if that decision is already made for the teacher before they knew they even had to make one at all. Maybe those teacher’s who were annulled of their creative abilities as students, don’t have the power to enlighten someone who they plan to teach because they have never truly been
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course ETS 142 taught by Professor Tiffany during the Fall '08 term at Syracuse.

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