Finally! Some light at the end of this tunnel we call education! Prior to this week I had never heard of Paulo Freire, and boy am I glad we were assigned some of his work this week. I was beginning to think that we would continually discuss what is wrong with education and fantasize about ways to fix it and then move along after the semester as if this class didn’t happen. Freire has provided us with a roadmap to success, if you will, and it is rooted in empowerment!
We can finally move away from this prepackaged culture of education into a world where we challenge our students to be true students absorbing true knowledge as opposed to being poured into by an almighty professor. I absolutely loved what the critical pedagogy in school text said, “The process of learning was inseparable from individual empowerment and social change”. I feel that we are all too quick in this twenty first century to compartmentalize our lives, which effectively removes education from anything not involving a formal lecture.
I truly believe that education should begin for all persons at birth and end only at death. We are depriving ourselves if we are not truly leading a life to gobble up as much knowledge and information as we can obtain. I feel that Freire believed this as well as he was speaking to and working with the terribly oppressed individuals in Chile and in other nations. I am excited to see what parallels my classmates from other background will be able to pull from this week’s literature.