October 10, 2011 by k. liz
I’ve been reading a textbook entitled Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage by Paulo Freire. Freire was a leading voice in progressive and liberal education in the last century. He died in 1997 after having been exiled from Brazil for his ideologies regarding education for every student that gives them the opportunity to learn to think critically. I will share just a few highlights from the book so far with you. His theories and ideas are on target with an educational system that actually exists to serve the student.
Teaching requires a recognition that education is ideological.
Teaching always involves ethics.
Teaching requires a capacity to be critical.
Teaching requires the recognition of our conditioning.
Teaching requires critical reflection. (xiii)
Education . . . is much more than a question fo training a student to be dexterous or competent. (22)
Teacher preparation should never be reduced to a form of training. Rather, teacher preparation should go beyond the technical preparation of teachers and be rooted in the ethical formation both of selves and history. (23)
I may not agree with a given pedagogical theory of this or that author, and, of course, I ought to make my students aware of the disagreement. But what I cannot do in my criticism is lie to them. The education of the teacher should be so ethically grounded that any gap between professional and ethical formation is to be deplored. (24)