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  • Writer's pictureRae Sabine

Padagogy of the Oppressed

This influential text of educational philosophy and social reform posits that the apparent passivity of the underprivileged is a consequence of economic, social and political subjugation.

The book proposes that in certain societies, the ruling class employs a ‘piggy bank’ approach - viewing students as passive recipients of knowledge - to uphold their power and perpetuate a culture of silence.

By advocating for collaboration and dialogue, Freire contends that the authoritative teacher-student dynamic can be replaced with critical thinking, enabling students to actively participate in knowledge creation.

Central to Freire’s argument is the notion that all individuals, regardless of their socioeconomic status or level of education, have the capacity to cultivate self-awareness and deserve a voice.

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