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By Paulo Freire

This new booklet, constituted of Paulo Freire’s writings close to the top of his existence, is characterised through the eloquence of his dreams―dreams that constituted the utopia underlying Freire’s lifelong paintings. Freire demanding situations all educators to create Circles of Dialogues, or reflective areas, for passionate and demanding mirrored image that's coherent and humanizing, favoring the oppressed peoples of the world.

The chapters, crafted towards the top of the 20th century, replicate Freire’s deep situation with the attack through neoliberal rules at the simple democratic rights of the dispossessed, as he argues for the suitable and facility of the folks to take energy through reinventing strength democratically. Freire’s severe reflections have been prescient of the twenty-first century’s revolts and denunciations of autocratic and antidemocratic rules through the Arab Spring, the Occupy circulation, and different brave demonstrations for social justice through the international. once again, Freire demanding situations our moral sense in obtainable, deep, thought-provoking writings that urge us to rehumanize renowned schooling, applying “critical mirrored image steeped in historical past, [and] a extra severe wisdom of ways society works and functions.”

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The educative process is above all ethical. It requires from us constant testimony to seriousness. One of the most beautiful characteristics of a teacher is to testify to his or her students that ignorance is the starting point for knowledge, that making mistakes is no sin, that it is part of the discovery process. Error is an opportunity to seek knowledge. Error is precisely what makes us learn. Do not be embarrassed at not knowing. Many teachers will “shoot in the dark” or “guess,” just say any old thing for fear of looking stupid.

In Brazil, this fatalism has spread on a massive scale through both the labor and academic sectors. ” This type of statement is immoral and absurd. This is not reality, but what has become reality. And it has become this not because it wants to. No reality is its own boss. Reality has become like this because, as such, it serves certain interests in the hierarchy of power. Our struggle must be to change this reality and not accommodate ourselves to it. This postmodern fatalism that didn’t exist before is, at heart, the implied intent of neoliberal discourse, and it must be resisted with maximum force.

She was never absent from class, and once the semester was over, she had the highest grade, because she was a serious, studious, intelligent woman. However, she had been reactionary. That was a right she had, to be reactionary, just as I have the right not to be. ” That was an excellent gift. ” That is not easy! There is always the temptation to reject another who thinks differently. One must struggle. The teacher who wants to be coherent with respect to his or her democratic and ethical position has the obligation to understand and respect opinions different than his or her own.

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