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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 30th Anniversary ed. edition (Sept. 1 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826412769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826412768
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.4 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This is truly revolutionary pedagogy."--Ivan Illich

"An inspiring and inspired document arising out of concrete experience with peasants, urban laborers, and middle class converts to freedom. . . . This book will prompt the reader to reconsider his or her situation in an oppressive society." Christian Century

"Wherever education is explicitly involved in struggles for equity and justice, Freire's ideas and his books, especially Pedagogy of the Oppressed, will live on." Herbert Kohl in The Nation

"[Paulo Freire] radiates the kind of immediateness that only a philosopher engulfed by terrible reality can project." America

"Pedagogy of the Oppressed meets the single criterion of a 'classic': it has outlived his own time and its author's. For any teacher who links education to social change, this is required reading. Freire remains the most important writer on popular education and surely the virtual founder of the perspective known as Critical Pedagogy." Stanley Aronowitz

"This is truly revolutionary pedagogy." Ivan Illich

"Brilliant methodology of a highly charged and politically provocative character." Jonathan Kozol

About the Author

Paulo Freire is the author of the bestselling Pedagogy of the Oppressed as well as Education for Critical Consciousness, Pedagogy in Process (The Letters to Guinea-Bissau), Learning to Question (with Antonio Faundez), and Pedagogy of the City.


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As someone who does grassroots community work, I found this book to be amazingly helpful and absolutely invaluable. The book articulates so much of that which I see every day, but was unable to articulate. Although much of Freire's work involved working with illiterate adults, the principles outlined here are applicable to anyone and everyone who is or who is concerned with ending oppression. I think any educator, social worker, organizer...well, really almost anyone who is interested in ending injustice should read this.
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Freire was a brilliant thinker, and his ideas about education and society are quite relevant; the main flaw with this book however, is one glaring contradiction--Freire seems to be completely ignoring his own proposal that ideas should be more accessible to the masses. The concepts and their explanations found within Pedagogy of the Oppressed, at least in its English translation, are worded so crypticly that one cannot simply read the book. One must thoroughly analyze every single explanation before the concepts can be grasped, and as far as I am concerned, anyone who argues the contrary is absolutely wrong. And while it is true that complex, abstract explanations are often needed to convey such esoteric ways of thinking, I believe that this book could have been made much more accessible to the masses. This is not for everyone. Although the subject interests me, the book simply wasn't an exciting read.
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A book every educator should have! Interesting, inspiring, you will learn a lot; and you might even apply a few of his ideas in your life (or your students/kids lives)
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I first read this book when I was completing my teaching degree in the early 90's. I found Paulo Freire's words to be so inspiring, so thought provoking, that I completely revised my ideas about the importance and purpose of education.

Freire's ideas transcend our typical western ideas about pedagogy -- that learners are empty vessels that need to be filled by someone who knows better. Instead, he posits that education/literacy is vital if any group of people are to have a political will and an effective voice in their society. Instead of education being a way to inculturate our children, Freire sees it as a way for all people to transcend their conditions of birth and to have influence in their world. People need to be able to read and write in order to truly have political choice.

This is a powerful piece of writing and should be required reading for all potential teachers. I'm grateful to the professor who introduced it to me.
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This book is a tricky read- very dry content in my opinion. Had to read for school.
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Time passes, but Paolo Freire's ideas are still basic in development work.
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Great book. Highly recommended to pre-service and in-service teachers.
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Is there a book more important to understanding how the educational systems facilitate the reproduction of oppresive systems? Probably not. In this classic work, openly critiques current "banking" models of education and explains how they work to reproduce oppresive systems. In true recognition of his Marxist ethos, Freire subsequently lays out a plan of action (praxis) for transforming society and realizing humankind's "historical vocation" of becoming more fully human. This is a must-read book for EVERYONE!
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