Learning from the ground up: Education for change - Stabroek News. By Aziz Choudry Aziz Choudry is associate professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal, and visiting professor at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation in the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Education.
His latest book, on which this article is partly based, is Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements (University of Toronto Press). The idea that learning occurs beyond formal institutions and programs is hardly new or radical. Train of Thought. Adam See teaches philosophy at Brooklyn College.
Every semester, he receives feedback from his students: formal evaluations, anonymous notes, and opinionated emails. Last year, the adjunct instructor from Cobourg, Ontario, turned the tables and told his students what he thinks. Dear students, I am no longer your professor. Throughout the semester many of you have asked me what my personal beliefs are on the topics we’ve discussed. Let me begin with a passage from the author Howard Zinn, a personal hero who inspired me to write this letter to you today. When I became a teacher I could not possibly keep out of the classroom my own experiences. I am writing you this letter from an old wooden table in Butler Library at Columbia—where Zinn received his Ph.D. and where John Dewey taught for more than fifty years.
Philosophy at its best is revealing. I understand teaching to be a tremendous responsibility—perhaps the largest responsibility that one can undertake in his or her life. Myles Horton - Radical Hillbilly - A Wisdom Teacher for Activism and Civic Engagement. Paulo Freire: dialogue, praxis and education. Contents: introduction · contribution · critique · further reading and references · links Paulo Freire (1921 – 1997), the Brazilian educationalist, has left a significant mark on thinking about progressive practice.
His Pedagogy of the Oppressed is currently one of the most quoted educational texts (especially in Latin America, Africa and Asia). Freire was able to draw upon, and weave together, a number of strands of thinking about educational practice and liberation. Sometimes some rather excessive claims are made for his work e.g. ‘the most significant educational thinker of the twentieth century’. Contribution Five aspects of Paulo Freire’s work have a particular significance for our purposes here. Second, Paulo Freire was concerned with praxis – action that is informed (and linked to certain values). La educación según Pierre Bourdieu, Zygmunt Bauman, Manuel Castells, Mariano Fernández y Noam chomsky.
Brisbanefreeuniversity. Edliberation. Popular education is: Popular education resists unjust uses of power or, in a word, oppression.
As a process of learning/teaching it creates opportunity to practice resistance to oppression and, perhaps, a celebration of freedom. Responses to injustice are many including rebellion and resistance (both individual and collective), organizing for social change as well as resignation and acceptance, collusion and collaboration. The dominant (or hegemonic) common sense treats education and learning as “neutral” territory. However, there is nothing “neutral” about any form of education as Paulo Freire so famously demonstrated in his life’s work. Popular education is a praxis of educating/learning for social change that recognizes the interlocking (as well as overlapping and intersecting) nature of the many forms of oppression perpetually active in our daily personal and public lives. Build the Wheel. Medellin Youth Network.
Rebuilding Learning Communities in Mali - Coumba Toure. Rebuilding Learning Communities in Mali: The Experience of the Institute for Popular Education Coumba Toure The Oppression of Formal Education Formal education in West Africa started out as an instrument of oppression.
Today, schooling is a way of keeping the status quo. But during the colonial period, schooling faced resistance as well. When introduced by the French, schooling was definitely an instrument of moving students away physically and psychologically from their communities. Following the independence of Senegal and Mali, there was a major reform movement for the education system. In fact, throughout the 40 years following Independence, the whole school system has been in a deep crisis. Today, in both Mali and Senegal, students, teachers, government and parents are still struggling to fit the education system to the people.
That is why I feel that by challenging the way we are "educated" and what is means to be "educated," we can challenge the whole way our society works today. Deschooling Society. Freire Project.