Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage
Pedagogy of Freedom is a stirring culmination of Paulo Freire’s life work. It is in no way a conclusion or a summation: it is a text that urges its readers to become, to reach towards still untapped possibility. The themes of Freire’s earlier writing are extended here into thoughtful explorations of ethics and democracy and the ways in which they may release a sense of agency in the long exploited and cruelly silenced. Moreover, he has new things to say about ideology and freedom in a world marked by a threatening ‘globalization’ and an unprecedented manipulation by media. As before, he speaks of ‘passion,’ ‘love,’ and ‘caring;’ and, each time he does so, it is as if his hand grasps each one of our shoulders, urging us on and on. Braiding bold vision with precision, Freire, in his brilliance, allows us to imagine a tomorrow of democracy and freedom. Insisting on the ‘incompleteness’ of us all and on a ‘dreamer’s right to dream,’ Pedagogy of Freedom reminds us that our work is never done; that change is always possible, always essential, always unfinished. At the threshold of the twenty-first century, we face the need to learn a new and more communicative way of constructing educational theory. With Pedagogy of Freedom, Freire contributes a unique guide to such a mission. . . .