Summary Of Pedagogy Of The Oppressed

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In Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968 it is argued that there is a process of humanization, and in the same vein dehumanization, that takes place in education systems. This strains form the power dynamic that exist between teachers and their students. This is echoed in Tsianina Lomawaima and Teresa McCarty’s paper titled: When Tribal Sovereignty Challenges Democracy: America Indian Education and the Democratic Ideal, 2002. Lomawaima and McCarty’s paper points to education as a locus for control over the American Indian population. This is done through many seemingly democratic Acts and Bills, that Freire would claim to be nothing more than “false generosity.” (Freire, pg. 44) Standardization was the original goal when designing…show more content…
Even though the effects of these experiments may not have showed the validity of straying away from the banking method. If there could be a successful shift to the problem-posing pedagogy, then I think that the outcomes of the community-controlled schools would show them as a more than viable approach to education. Freire brings a percentage of his arguments back to the lack harboring the personal agency within students. In the banking method, students do not become independent thinkers. When the Native Americans were left to their own devices, the amount of students chasing undergraduate degrees, especially focused in the field of education. (Lomawaima & McCarty, pg. 288) I think this is sufficient evidence to show that students who have value placed on their education as a tool to change their culture and their future. These authors would have been excited at the prospect of this change and the future of indigenous education. But as oppressive societies tend to do, further action was taken in order to ‘help’ the Native Americans, when in reality they were inflicting further damage unto these population. These authors would agree that the current state of treatment of Native American needs to be subject to reform, but Freire would be more wary of what kind of reform, or in his opinion revolution, needs to take place. Though one of the premises for Freire’s oppressive system is the ignorance to the totality of the position within the system that is categorized as oppressive. Lomawaima & McCarty would probably disagree with the notion that Native Americans being unaware of the substandard treatment their own, when in reality there is vivid emotional reaction to the treatment of indigenous
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