Writing Theory & Practice

Writing & Identity

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

I’m going to be completely honest, I was lost where reading this article. I read it about three times and I’m still a little lost. I’m going to try really hard to summarize both chapters. If I misunderstood anything (which I know I probably did) I apologize ahead of time.

In chapter one of Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire he explores the justification of oppression which resulted in the mutual process of the “oppressor” and the “oppressed”. Freire goes into colonization and the impact that has brought to oppression and the constant fear of freedom,

Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift. It must be pursued constantly and responsibly. Freedom is not an ideal located outside of man; nor is it an idea which becomes myth. It is rather the indispensable condition for the quest for human completion” (pg 4).

In the second chapter, Freire explains this metaphor of the ‘banking’ approach in the education system and how students account are left empty until the teacher deposit into them. He’s not for the ‘banking’ approach and states how it dehumanizes the students. He also argues how the banking approach stimulates oppressive attitudes that are now practiced in society. He believes that education should be given equally despite your location.

The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children

Lisa Delpit writes a powerful article about how teaching students of other cultural and ethnic backgrounds is extremely important. This article reminded so much of the course I’m taking now, Racial Theory and Ethnic Identity. During the semester we have been introduced to Asian, Latino, Native American, Muslim and Black theories through text and how they were perceived through the boarding communities who were predominantly white.

We also discuss the importance of learning from those of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds from your own because you will be introduced to other views that you never show before and you also might have a different perspective on the topic being discussed.

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