Liberating the oppressors and all such difficulties

#becomingeducational Read this blog on critical pedagogy – and the need to liberate ourselves – and also our oppressors… This is by one of our #rhizo14 colleagues in Egypt at this time – and she knows what she is talking about – as does Maya Angelou – whose poem ‘Still I rise’ she has embedded in her blog.

(Initial) Reflecting Allowed

Freire claims that “the great humanistic and historical task of the oppressed [is] to liberate themselves and their oppressors as well.” As with much critical pedagogy scholarship: easier said than done! I love the critical pedagogy literature. I love the way it opens my mind and helps me rethink things and consider action. It has not, however, so far, helped guide me in that action far enough. Liberate one’s oppressors? How the heck does one do that? Mandela style?

Of course, to be fair, the critical pedagogy literature cannot and should not be prescriptive. After all, each oppressive relationship or situation is contextual, local. What works to alleviate or liberate in one instance does not work for the other… Does it?

I am trying here to think of various forms of power that can involve oppression (reminded by an old paper by Burbules: A Theory of Power in Education

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