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Politics of Education: Culture Power and Liberation, The


Paulo Freire


Bergin & Garvey Publishers, Inc.







670 Amherst Road, South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075





The Politics of Education is a transformative and revolutionary book that will excite and stimulate all those involved in creating a new view of education and humanity that takes liberation, rather than mere instruction, as both its starting point and its goal. This book appears at an important time for education. In the United States schools have become the subject of an intense national debate forged in a discourse that joins conservatives and radicals alike in their denunciation of public schools and American education. For conservatives, the language of crisis becomes clear in their assertion that schools have failed to reflect the demands of capitalist rationality and the imperatives of the market economy. Many on the radical left, by contrast, write off schools as simply a reflex of the labor market and no longer teach the tools necessary for critical thinking and transformative action. Freire has fashioned a theory of education that takes seriously the relaionship between radical critical theory and the imperatives of radical commitment and struggle. For Freire, education includes and moves beyond the notion of schooling. Schools represent only one site where education takes place. Education represents, in Freire's view, both a struggle for meaning and a struggle over power relations. Education is the terrain where power and politics are given a fundamental expression, since it is where meaning, desire, language, and values engage and respond to the deeper beliefs about the very nature of what it means to be human, to dream, and to name and struggle for a particular future and way of life.




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