The Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Though this reading was long and at times a struggle to get through.  I ultimately found it to be very insightful.  This passage explores the relationship between students, teachers, and how they factor into the rest of society. It also explores this relationship between the oppressed and the oppressors.  According to the reading, “an act is oppressive only when it prevents people being from more fully human”.  Though Freire writes a lot about humanization versus dehumanization I still finished the reading with the question, What does it mean to be fully human?  If people are oppressed when they are kept from being fully human, a certain people for more or less human than others? How can this be?  What step should society take to liberate the oppressed/ not be oppressors?

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  1. Sorry to comment on your post but this is actually my blog for the week 4 reading, I just couldn’t set it up in time!

    “Freedom of the Oppressed”

    The reading for week 4 was a little lengthy and at sometimes a bit over my head. I don’t think I’ll ever read a piece with the word opressed used so many times! But on a serious note, the paragraph of freedom was what really got me thinking. The reading claims that the opressed are “fearful” of freedom, but I disagree. I think these people may be anxious about living on their own, but they are not scared. An analogy would be like riding a bike. When you were little, you wanted to get on that thing so bad. But when you were on it, you weren’t quite sure what to do and how to operate it. While oppressed people may not have all the tools initally to fully enjoy their freedom, I don’t beleive they are scared of it. The reading states that “[Freedom] is rather the indispensable condition for the quest for human completion.” After all, who would be afraid of that?

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