Teachers as Cultural Workers is a book by Paulo Freire for educators – for all who have an interest in the processes of teaching and learning, whether in the Third World or the First World, with adults or children. Freire defines his purpose in Teachers as Cultural Workers in these early comments:
My intention here is to demonstrate that the task of the teacher, who is also a learner, is both joyful and rigorous. It demands seriousness and scientific, physical, emotional, and affective preparation. It is a task that requires that those who commit themselves to teaching develop a certain love not only of others but also of the very process implied by teaching. It is impossible to teach without the courage to love, with the courage to try a thousand times before giving up.