You say you want a revolution

Filling the pail

I originally posted this piece on a now defunct forum. I have reposted because someone has quoted Freire to me following my recent article on labour teachers. I have removed the links in the original.

Recently, I have been reading “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paulo Freire. It is a hugely influential book. For instance, it is one of the most frequently assigned texts in philosophy of education courses in the US. Over one million copies have been sold, probably as a result of such assignments – an extraordinary number for a book about education. Google Scholar returns nearly 41,000 citations for the 2000 edition. If you are a teacher anywhere in the English-speaking world then I suggest that there is a good chance this book has directly or indirectly influenced your practice, whether you have heard of it or not. And it is the foundational text of a…

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