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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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Zak Shareef
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Felisberto
Oct 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2013
"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
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Isi Silva
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pedagogia da Autonomia é uma obra em que Paulo Freire condensa diversas reflexões sobre a prática docente, compreendendo a "prática educativa como um exercício constante em favor da produção e do desenvolvimento da autonomia de educadores e educandos"; "formar é muito mais do que puramente treinar o educando no desempenho de destrezas...". É uma leitura fundamental para quem quer compreender o sentido da educação como atividade humana, própria de homens e mulheres condicionados, mas não determin ...more
Jay
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Sherwin
Aug 12, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: all teachers
Shelves: education
useful for the "Dead poet society" type teachers.
Chrissy
Oct 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: education practitioners
Shelves: favorites
another GENUIS! so inspiring.

educational pedagogy
Douglas Machado
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leitura obrigatória para educadores e educandos
Jordan Mosley
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I cannot lie. This book was truly excellent. Paulo Friere never disappoints me. With this book, I was able to re-evaluate what revolutionary ethics are in education and what not to do when teaching. He explicitly talks about respect is the underlying thing to true critical education. Respect comes in many forms: listening, accepting what is not your opinion, knowing you are not complete and the other person in not complete and trying to become better. In a democratic learning space, you have to ...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
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Melissa
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Patricia
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bruno Barcellos
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, brasil, estudos
Um livro muito bem escrito, o qual pretendo reler. Consegui aprender muito sobre o processo de aprendizado e de ensinar.
De início, esperava um texto mais técnico, quase que uma defesa de tese.
Fiquei surpreso ao encontrar uma mistura de texto técnico, com poesia, com declarações políticas e ideológicas.
Confesso que isso não me incomodou, mas entendo porquê incomoda quem pensa diferente do autor.
Se fosse meu caso, também seria difícil terminar o livro.
Wendy
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como lo indica su portada, este libro es esencial para la práctica educativa. Todo aquel que quiera enseñar debería leerlo. Es muy interesante y toca todos los temas que atraviesan la sociedad. Además es alentador hacia mejorar o buscar un perfil docente adecuado, para todos los que nos estamos formando en la docencia o para aquellos que ya ejercen su profesión.
Aylin Mojica
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es un libro bueno que todos los maestros deberían de leer ya que contiene conceptos e ideas básicas que en algunas ocasiones muchos maestros no siguen o toman en cuenta para enseñar a los alumnos los conocimientos.
Dont
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Drick
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: education
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
Boni Gantile
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very thought provoking about self awareness of the teacher or the leader during the engagement process with the student, the underliying philosophy of education system, and the ethics of teaching and learning. The social awareness and the need to develop critical enquiry as part of learning process as opposed to simply absorbing and memorising are emphasised as critical. The difference between the emphasis of status of of banking system approach versus the critical enquiry approach reveals the d ...more
Michael
Dec 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literacy-comps
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).
Joy
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ana Maria
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I think every teacher should read it. I agree with all the ideas Freire explains in the book. A teacher can't be a machine to create students who are all the same, instead they need to see the differences, to work with them so that they are able to get to know themselves, find their abilities, their passions, and work from that. Education has to change to adapt to the new era we are living now in, and the basis should be Freire's ideas.
Andrea
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theory
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.
Renata
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
achei um pouco repetitivo em certos capítulos, porém um livro essencial ao professor progressista, questionador da sua prática pedagógica e das realidades como um todo. O livro coloca o educador como gente antes de professor e discorre sobre o que ser gente deve acarretar na prática pedagógica que não se funda na ideologia do neoliberalismo.
Diana
Jun 13, 2011 rated it liked it
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.
Shane
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I know a lot of people, especially Peace Corps Volunteers, who could really benefit from sitting and reading anything by Friere. He always makes me think about the way I interact with people at my jobs and more cognizant of how I speak and listen to others experiences.
Amy
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of wonderful, if idealistic ideas in this book that are worth reading. It's not an easy read though, being overly verbose at some times, overly vague at others, and overly repetetive at yet other times.
Kelly Neal
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Pashew Majeed
ههر سێ چهنكی، ناسنامه و دهسهڵات و سهربهخۆیی ههریهك له ئهكتهره پهروهردهییهكان (مامۆستا، قوتابی، دایك و باوك، بهڕێوهبهر، وهزیر، ....) و ناساندنی چهمكێكی نوێ، "تامهزرۆیی مهعریفی" وهكو چارهسهر و بهدیلێك بۆ پهروهدهی بانكی ...more
Andy Sternberg
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
not exactly the lightest travel reading but inspiring just the same
Casey
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book that will open a person's eyes to the perils of the US educational system as it currently stands.
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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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“One of the basic questions that we need to look at is how to convert merely rebellious attitudes into revolutionary ones in the process of the radical transformation of society. Merely rebellious attitudes or actions are insufficient, though they are an indispensable response to legitimate anger. It is necessary to go beyond rebellious attitudes to a more radically critical and revolutionary position, which is in fact a position not simply of denouncing injustice but of announcing a new utopia. Transformation of the world implies a dialectic between the two actions: denouncing the process of dehumanization and announcing the dream of a new society. On the basis of this knowledge, namely, “to change things is difficult but possible,” we can plan our political-pedagogical strategy.” 1 likes
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