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09 October 2006 @ 04:35 am
I command you to disobey  
So admittedly, I don't know crap about critical pedagogy, though I am interested in unschooling and such. I started reading the wikipedia article on the topic, and it immediately struck me as ironic. Something about students being led by the teacher to question authority. Anyone else find that weird?
Will Riefferforce_of_will on October 9th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
There is a paradox that the critical outlook cannot be forced upon the student. It must be "coaxed" into or out of them by means of dialog. In turn, if they student is always under the duress of an enforced silence and are unallowed to question, then their outlook unto and into history is going to be submissive and unquestioning. This is key, as this submissive outlook can turn objective and demanding politically. The learner defines themselves with a goal to become the authority.

Freire makes note of how greater political revolutions often say the oppressed become the oppressors. The moment and way to transcend this was by a dialog and a sympathetic moment coming not from authority but from the dominated. This is a difficult maneuver for the educator as they dominate the focal knowledge in the classroom, where they must find sympathy is in learning to know their students.

The focus of the pedagogy as I see it is in free speech and critical thinking. Truth exists always posterior to the question and is formed by it. For truth to continue we must always continue to question in dialog.

chris_achesonchris_acheson on October 9th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
It just seems like something more suited to a peer relationship than a student/teacher one, with the inherent authority involved there.

So I guess my question is, "why pedagogy"?