– Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
I’m currently profiling Jean Kayira, who is faculty and Program Director of Antioch’s PhD in Environmental Studies. She grew up in Malawi, and she says that Freire’s explanation of this concept of education really captured the system and attitudes under which she was taught.
Myself, I grew up in Northern California, but I don’t think my education was always so different from this, either. And when I found myself in college, certain teachers presented themselves as real J.P. Morgans, deigning to share some crumbs with me, the pauper.
Why do some of us accept this and even embrace it as an educational model?