October 17, 2011 by k. liz
Well, I’m stealing from Freire again! This is the same book I was reading about this time last week.
I have been reading Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage for one of my classes and have been really impressed with Paulo Freire and his ideas. I still have a lot to sift through as I am reading, but I came across a paragraph tonight that I wanted to adopt as a vision statement. Perhaps I will make some modifications, but here are some of Freire’s goals in teaching, and I’d like to make them mine as well:
This is the road I have tried to follow as a teacher: living my convictions; being open to the process of knowing and sensitive to the experience of teaching as an art; being pushed forward by the challenges that prevent me from bureaucratizing my practice; accepting my limitations, yet always conscious of the necessary effort to overcome them and aware that I cannot hide them because to do so would be a failure to respect both my students and myself as a teacher.
Curiosity: the essence of Friere’s philosophy of education.