Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage
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Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage

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This volume looks at the territory of learning and activism, the essence of human life. This book shows why an engaged way of learning and teaching is central to the creation of the individual, culture and history. The author, Paulo Freire, finds in the emerging global society a new context in which education cannot be indifferent to the reproduction of dominant ideologies...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 25th 2000 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (first published 1996)
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Felisberto Barros
"O nosso é um trabalho realizado com gente, miúda, jovem ou adulta, mas gente em permanente processo de busca (...) Se não posso, de um lado, estimular os sonhos impossíveis, não devo, de outro, negar a quem sonha o direito de sonhar. Lido com gente e não coisas" (P. Freire, 2004)

Este livro é altamente instrutivo. Sendo politicamente filosófico na sua génese, carregado de humanismo, faz-se um livro transversal ao circulo pedagógico. Assente no Radicalismo Socialista, acho que na sua globalidade...more
Zak Shareef
Aug 03, 2013 Zak Shareef rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: educators, parents, philosophers
I wish I could have met Freire. This book is profoundly inspiring. The book would have been better if he'd fleshed out several of his philosophical principles more fully. The ambiguity of his usage, particularly of the term "the subject", leaves more room for interpretation than I'd prefer when someone is making points that are so important for the contemporary world. For those of us with experience in the American education system, Freire's theories on education read as a near fantasy. The free...more
Natália Pereira
Paulo Freire foi um dos maiores educadores da História. Ele não foi apenas um pensador que passou, um modismo. Ele é fato, um dos pilares da educação brasileira, estando inclusive nos PCNs. É também referência mundial de educação e educador. Não é um método.
Ele convida o professor a pensar e a encarar sua missão como algo possível de se realizar, com paixão e ideologia.
Também se coloca contra ao sistema de educação bancário, que é resumido, segundo o próprio autor, pela frase "transferência de...more
This would be a good introduction to Freire's work. He describes a true education as one that values the individual and teaches critical thought as opposed to one that merely transfers information and masks opinion as fact. He goes on to describe the former as the best way to combat the dehumanizing effects of neoliberalism and the latter as a tool for its perpetuation.
Patricia Maillard
"Nem a arrogância é sinal de competência nem a competência é causa de arrogância. Não nego a competência, por outro lado, de certos arrogantes, mas lamento neles a ausência de simplicidade que, não diminuindo em nada seu saber, os faria gente melhor. Gente mais gente." Paulo Freire
Iara VPS
Paulo Freire é realmente sensacional, não acredito que demorei pra ler alguma coisa dele. Os saberes listados neste pequeno livro são úteis não só para professores, mas para todo mundo que se envolve de alguma forma com educação - inclusive bibliotecários como eu.
Oct 23, 2007 Chrissy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: education practitioners
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another GENUIS! so inspiring.

educational pedagogy
Douglas Machado
Leitura obrigatória para educadores e educandos
Aug 12, 2007 Sherwin added it
Recommends it for: all teachers
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useful for the "Dead poet society" type teachers.
I read this book when it first came out. The last of Freire's books to be written while he was still alive. (The posthumous, Pedagogy of Indignation, was pieced together from disparate individual texts.) It was great to read this again after so many years. In this book, Freire addresses teachers, reflecting on the practice of teaching within the larger questions of ethics and authentic democracy. I don't think I really appreciated the book when I read it the first time but after years of teachin...more
This was the last book that Freire wrote before his death in 1997 and in fact the English translation was only 2/3 complete when he died. This book was written in preparation for a seminar at Harvard Graduate School of Education that Freire and Donaldo Macedo were gong to teach.(An interesting historical note is Macedo's discussion of Harvard's decision to cancel the seminar even though Macedo had proposed an option). As such the book deals with ethics of teaching reiterating all of Freire's bas...more
It's pretty much always better to be reading Freire than to not. This book is very lively, and it was published after he died. Contains beautiful prose and poetic statements about human life, change, growth, courage, and freedom. A nice follow-up to Pedagogy of the Oppressed, particularly regarding a sticking point (about the banking method of education from ch. 2 in P of O) that Freire really clarifies here. This book, however, is not as rigorous and as obviously philosophically complex as P of...more
In Pedagogy of Freedom (1998), Paulo Freire builds on his theories of critical pedagogy to promote the autonomy of students and to critique and fight against neoliberalism and its cynical stance toward the future (22). He is adamant that an act of teaching must also involve an act of learning (Chapter 2). He also expands on his notions of the unfinished human, stating that "this unfinishedness is essential to our human condition" (52), and that the future is made through trial and error (54).
Education should be a constant state of inquiry. Further, if teachers are to position themselves this way, then we must behave similarly. Students need to see that we too are learning and questioning. It is unethical to behave otherwise. It is our ethical duty to stand opposed to a system we do not believe in, instead of mindlessly conforming. I do not blame capitalism, as Freire seems to, but I do believe that we have an ethical responsibility to fight for education as social.
Freire never fails to leave me humbled, happy and shining. What radical practice looks like on the level of the individual, what radical teaching should be...and following the familiar themes, but with every book they deepen and take on richer shades of meaning. And his belief in human capacity and the necessity of a entirely new politics never wavers.
This is the last book Paulo Friere wrote which is why I was so excited to read it, however it is not as good as I expected. To be fair I think that's because I set such high expectations for it. However it was an enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Freire's work.
Kelly Neal
Teachers should be reading any of freire's books during the school year to help them remember why they do what they do. He is a master teacher. I learn from him every time I read him. Freedom is as uplifting and disturbing as pedagogy of the oppressed, and Hope.
A must-read for any teacher, whether in the classroom, home, or community. Dare to be radical. Dare to question, feel, disagree, and think for yourself.
Apr 26, 2009 Luke added it
Freire has been an influential author for me to understand the importance of a critical consciousness that sees the realities of the world for what they are.
Bárbara Hernandes
O livro às vezes se torna repetitivo e utópico, mas alguns pontos me fizeram refletir bastante sobre a prática em sala de aula.
An amazing book that will open a person's eyes to the perils of the US educational system as it currently stands.
Andy Sternberg
not exactly the lightest travel reading but inspiring just the same
Idealist sangat dan merpu sedikit tanpa isi yang jelas
is the best
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The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire is among most the influential educational thinkers of the late 20th century. Born in Recife, Brazil, on September 19, 1921, Freire died of heart failure in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 2, 1997. After a brief career as a lawyer, he taught Portuguese in secondary schools from 1941-1947. He subsequently became active in adult education and workers' training, and became...more
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