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29 December 2006 @ 05:31 pm
discipline  
"Freedom is a must, a constant challenge. Genuine freedom, even rebellious freedom, is never seen as a deterioration of order. Coherently democratic authority carries the conviction that true discipline does not exist in the muteness of those who have been silenced but in the stirrings of those who have been challenged, in the doubt of those who have been prodded, and in the hopes of those who have been awakened."

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom, 86.
 
 
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Voyagervoyager640 on December 31st, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
I think Freire is arguing that the freedom/discipline dichotomy is a false dichotomy... that one can have a rigorous classroom in which structure increases the potential for social change. I think, for example, of the strict due dates and assignments that we had in my intro to community activism course... they were a framework for encouraging and promoting social change rather than being a regressive restriction on "freedom."