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t r u t h o u t | Lessons to Be Learned From Paulo Freire as Education Is Being Taken Over by the Mega Rich
"critical pedagogy insists that one of fundamental tasks of educators is to make sure future points way to a more socially just world in which critique & possibility—in conjunction w/ the values of reason, freedom & equality—function to alter grounds upon which life is lived. Though it rejects notion of literacy as transmission of facts or skills tied to latest market trends, critical pedagogy is hardly prescription for political indoctrination as advocates of standardization & testing often insist. It offers students new ways to think & act creatively & independently…educator's task…"is to encourage human agency, not mold it in manner of Pygmalion." What critical pedagogy does insist upon is that education cannot be neutral. It is always directive in attempt to enable students to understand larger world & their role in it…inevitably deliberate attempt to influence how & what knowledge, values, desires & identities are produced w/in particular sets of class & social relations."
paulofreire  education  politics  pedagogy  criticalpedagogy  democracy  edreform  teaching  learning  lcproject  schools  class  human  humanagency  creativity  independence  criticalthinking  unschooling  deschooling  freedom  equality  reason  justice  society  2010  reform  money  wealth  influence 
november 2010 by robertogreco
Twitter / Howard Rheingold: Neither Internet nor Google ...
"Neither Internet nor Google makes anybody smarter or dumber - that wording is necessitated by rhetoric of headlines. Human agency is key. The way we USE the Internet - or books, or classrooms - influences whether we gain or lose insight or capability from the experience. I'm careful about technological deterministic language because language is a mind-tool, and how one uses it matters. Information-handling competencies (like knowing how to use RSS) must combine w/ attention skills to benefit from web. Hence, "infotention.""

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attention  internet  web  online  howardrheingold  focus  learning  intelligence  rss  technology  experience  humanagency  books  classrooms  classroom 
june 2010 by robertogreco

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