Posted by: nickysmith | November 5, 2009

Freire, Food and Fizzinoodle: April’s Awesome Blog

April Eats

Fizzinoodle is Finnish for “My friend in Bangalore April has an awesome blog”. I wanted to share the link and the quote she uses from Freire (April is working on teachers and students using technology in the classroom) whose work is relevant for understanding not only his Banking theory of education but how education is a symbol of society where those in control want the majority to know just enough to work, and not to think critically and change their reality:

A careful analysis of the teacher-student relationship at any level inside or outside the school, reveals its fundamentally narrative character This relationship involves a narrating Subject (the teacher) and patient, listening objects (the students). The contents, whether values or empirical dimensions of reality, tend in the process of being narrated to become lifeless and petrified. Education is suffering from narration sickness.

The teacher talks about reality as if it were motionless, static, compartmentalized, and predictable. Or else he expounds on a topic completely alien to the existential experience of the students. His task is to “fill” the students with the contents of his narration — contents which are detached from reality, disconnected from the totality that engendered them and could give them significance.

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum Books, 1993.

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