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frankfurt school

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Question 3.           In what ways does Paulo Freire`s vision of education differ from traditional approaches to schooling?

Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient continuing, hopeful inquiry (we) pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other. “ Paulo Freire Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1971

Paulo Freire did not just approach topics of methodology and teaching practices but brought with him an intense questioning of oppression, culture, power and politics in education. He strengthened the school of thought introduced by the Frankfurt school against exploitation and domination.  Paulo Freire believed an educator could teach the “official transcript” and still critically engage students but the teacher must have command over their particular discipline.  The student must use “dialogue and analysis to serve as the foundation for reflection and action.” Freire also implemented  a “a problem-posing” approach to education rather than a “problem-solving” approach (page 24).  He believed in students learning from teachers as well as teachers should be learning from students. I believe from this a teacher must ask honest questions to engage students, by this I mean ones they do not know the answers to, so that the student can create their own experiences with the subject matter without the feeling of oppression, of being tested, so that they may in turn pose their own questions to the teacher, society and what be. References: The Critical Pedagogy Reader. (2009). “Critical Pedagogy: An Introduction” . I. Darder,Antonia, II. Baltodano, Marta, III. Torres, Rodolfo D., Routledge. 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017