Wednesday, February 1, 2012

From MUSE: Woo Paolo!

"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 of history. . . . I am speaking of a universal human ethic, an ethic that is not afraid to condemn . . . the exploitation of labor and the manipulation that makes a rumor into truth and truth into a mere rumor.  To condemn the fabrication of illusions, in which the unprepared become hopelessly trapped and the weak and defenseless are destroyed.  To condemn making promises when one has no intention of keeping one's word, which causes lying to become an almost necessary way of life.  To condemn the calumny of character assassination simply for the joy of it and the fragmentation of the utopia of human solidarity.  The ethic of which I speak is that which feels itself betrayed and neglected by the hypocritical perversion of an elitist purity, an ethic affronted by racial, sexual, and class discrimination.  For the sake of this ethic, which is inseparable from educative practice, we should struggle, whether our work is with children, youth, or adults."  Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom (pp. 23-24)

This post was also published on MUSE '13

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