(Week Five.)

Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

“Concern for humanization leads at once to the recognition of dehumanization, not only as an ontological possibility but as a historical reality” (Freire, 43).

I was amazed when I started reading Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. I felt that I agreed with his thoughts of the idea of the humanization and dehumanization, something that people do not tend to look at together and compare. I feel that on any given subject people tend to see only one side of the story whether it be a humanized or dehumanized and only see it from one point of view whether it be the oppressed, the oppressor, the reliever, or the victim.  Freire gives a fleshed out view of his philosophy on the oppressed and his actions with literacy to “humanize” people. This reminds me of advocacy, which often done with those oppressed or at a disadvantage in life, and how one cannot give them a voice but help them express it and share it. Teaching literacy gives the oppressed the opportunity to speak out for themselves in writing, which can reach more people than communicating by orally, as well as giving them the ability to learn more forever, as they can read what others have to say. There is so much more discussion to be had with literacy that it can be seen as “humanization” in the society we live in today and the main functions we live with and use everyday.


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  1. riamg says:

    I’ve definitely observed the phenomenon of dehumanization of othered minorities. It’s not even something you notice until you figure out how to look for it, or until you experience it yourself, but once you do, it’s everywhere.

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