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ERIC Number: EJ1089960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
Platonic & Freirean Interpretations of W. E. B. Du Bois's, "Of the Coming of John"
Burch, Kerry
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v52 n1 p38-50 2016
In the current Neoliberal climate of educational reform, the enlightenment project in education is more susceptible than ever to the machinations of historical amnesia. The notion that education can be transformative in a positive sense represents a moral ideal that teachers in the foundations of education find increasingly difficult to integrate into their pedagogies. As an antidote to this cultural forgetting, the article makes the case that W. E. B. Du Bois's lone fictionalized chapter in "The Souls of Black Folk", "Of the Coming of John," can be used in classrooms to reinvigorate students' thinking not only about the enlightenment project in education in a general sense, but more specifically, about the paradoxical and tragic dimensions that accompany this project and tradition. I argue that Du Bois's "bildungsroman", or coming-of-age story, can be most fruitfully interpreted when read alongside Plato's "turning around of the soul" (periagoge) and Paulo Freire's concept conscientization. When these 3 enlightenment-oriented narratives are studied in concert, they have an enormous potential to help cultivate the moral, political, and aesthetic sensibilities of our students as they construct their vocational identity as teachers in relation to the enlightenment project in education.
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Language: English
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