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Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Chapter 3 April 30, 2010

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5. In Chapter 3, Paulo Freire discusses the importance of dialogue in giving a voice to the oppressed. Freire states that dialogue in education is freedom, and that the oppressed can have freedom within education. He states that we define our freedom with our contact with the outside world and that in order to have freedom we must have dialogue within the world with each other. He says that we create history and it’s our job to use dialogue to change history. He says with dialogue we can have full humanization of both the oppressed and the oppressor.
4. “The concrete representations of many of these ideas, values, concepts, and hopes, as well as the obstacles which impede the people’s full humanization, constitute the themes of that epoch.” (101)
“Only human beings are praxis- the praxis which, as the reflection and action which truly transform reality, is the source of knowledge and creation.” (100-101)
“….the complex of their ‘generative themes’-inaugurates the dialogue of education as the practice of freedom.” (96)
“One cannot expect positive results from an educational or political action program which fails to respect the particular view of the word held by the people. Such a program constitutes cultural invasion, good intentions notwithstanding.” (95)
3. Generative: Having the power or function of generating.
Ascertain: To come to awareness.
Plentitude: An amount or quantity.
2. One connection I made was to this class. In this class we have a very open dialogue that is honest and allows for meaningful and important discussions. I feel that everyone in the class, whether they are oppressed or the oppressor feel some sort of freedom being able to express their feelings about important issues that are considered taboo in society.
Another connection I made was to my American Educational Thought class. We talk a lot about different teaching methods, and have compared traditional to contemporary a lot. I feel that open dialogue is more of a contemporary method but has its place in every classroom. I feel that open dialogue helps us grow as people and gives us the opportunity to grow, and we can apply that growth into our academic and eventually professional careers.
1.What keeps educators from engaging in open dialogues in their classrooms?

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