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ERIC Number: EJ800180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Education for Liberation
Archer, David
Adults Learning, v18 n9 p28-29 May 2007
On the tenth anniversary of Brazilian educator, philosopher, and activist Paulo Freire's death, the author reflects on the legacy of a thinker whose critique of "banking education" is more relevant than ever. The author observes that, globally, the worst forms of teaching by rote are still thriving, enjoying a revival as governments, under pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, recruit non-professional teachers and offer them little or no opportunity for training. With bankers in control, perhaps it is no surprise that education becomes little more than a form of banking. The priority is first to contain the children, to keep them passive, and only then to seek to deposit in them a few facts and figures. Paulo Freire was the most articulate critic of this form of "banking education," seeing it as "domestication" and arguing that this was a political choice. Freire called for a liberating education based on dialogue between teachers and learners--a learning process that respected people as active and creative subjects rather than treating them as passive objects or receptacles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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