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Literacy Through Liberation

Literacy Through Liberation

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Published by Salvador Dida Leyso

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Published by: Salvador Dida Leyso on May 25, 2011
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A
sagraduatestudentintheearly1970sIbecameintriguedwiththewruingsofPauloFreire,Ihadspentfouryearsteachingininner-city-Clevelandschools,andhadlostpatiencewiththereflectivemusingsofgood-heartedacademicswhowereconsumedwithtrivialtinkeringonthemarginsofschools.Apparentlyfeelingcompelledbytheirownprofessionalhierarchies
to
employ"science,"uni-versityscholarsconductedtightem-piricalstudiesoncontrollableandtriv-
ial
issues
and
debated
adnauseum
thefinepointsofstatisticsandexperi-mentaldesignwhilethelarger,more
important
questionswentbegging.IntothatvacuumsteppedFreirewiththespectacularachievements
of
theliteracycampaignshisworkinspiredandhissimpleyetpersuasivecalltoaction.Freirehimselfhadbeentrainedinatraditionaldoctoralprogram
in
read·
mg.
YetwhenhewashandedtheassignmenttoheadupBrazil'sliteracycampaignintheearly1960s,hefoundhisexpertiseoflittlevalueintheface
of
pervasivepeasantapathy.Thenowclassicchronicleofhisresulting
odys-
sey,
PedagogyoftheOppressed
(Freire
1970),
documentsFreire'stransforrna-
tionfrom
expert
to
guide.Hepro-
PauloFreire:ateofLiteracy
ughLiberation
AsheadofBrazil'sliteracycampaign,educatorPauloFreirediscoveredthatovercomingstudentapathyrequiredrestructuringhisvalues,withmoreemphasisonenablingstudentsandlessoncontrol.
a/sothebeginning
 
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in
.the.learnct'sabilirt'
to
learn.
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........hisbellef,thisfaithinthestudents'
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t()understand
thatwhichre~latesditC'(~dytotheir
lives.i.teachersmove·from.directing..·to
from
talktngtoHstentngfror»
observingSchool.
eadct.s,
.·In
nlt.lst·thinklessaboutadm1nistraiiveefficiency
and
moreabout
studentlearning,instructionalfacilitation,and.long-termchange.
Combatlng·the·CultureofSiletice
Inthe
context
our
most
difficult
schools.Treireinsists.rwe.must.con-
frontourinsistenceonquletand
trclGivenrfie
c\,idence
(If(lcSIJdir
~111d
disrepairallaround,\Vhatisachicved
by
inslstil1g0!l()rder?.Whari'csults,arguesPreire,is.a.ttiltureofsileni::ethatstripslearnersoftheirself-confi-thatplaces"solutions'inthehandsof"experts"whosewisdom
"When
[Freire]washandedtheassignment
to
headupBrazil'sliteracycampaignInthe
early1960s,
he
foundhfsexpertise
of
littlevalueInthefaceofpervasive
peasantapathy,"
mustbememorized,toberegurgirat-ed.atappropriatetimes.Passivitythereforeprevails.Granted.itheIitera-tureon"effective"schools(Mackensie1985)indicates
a
patternoforderu-nessinthoseinner-cityschoolsthatproduceshighstandardizedtestper-formance.YetIbelieveabalance-isrequiredStudentsmustbeactive
in
thelearningprocess
if
rheirthinkingistodevelopto
.its
fullestpotential.Freirerequiresthe.activeparticipa-tionofstudents.Their
languagebe-
comesthebasisfor
developingread-
ingandwriting.skills.Their
hopes
becomethefocalpointsfordecidingwhatmaterialtouse.Theirabilitiesarerapped,andaninfrastructureof
SLIp"
portandresourcecreatedasadvancedstudentsareenlistedascooperativegroupleaders.AsItalkedtopeoplein
·'Y'-''""···),,,,··,
':I
andCubawho
participated
inIiteracy
campaignswhentraditionalschoolingwassuspendedforseveralmonthsandeachnation'sresourcesweremobi-
lized,
I
felt
theirexcitement'vasgoingtogetbetterandeducationwastobethecatalyst.

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