Education Can End Systematic Oppression

1334 WordsJun 17, 20186 Pages
The subject of expectations for higher education is one that tends to spark impassioned debate among educators, students and parents alike. In Pedagogy of the Oppressed Paulo Freire presses his audience to consider such expectations in light of one’s own intentions, motives, and affections toward those to be educated (Freire 50). He goes even further to suggest that a love for one another through empathetic dialogue, especially on the part of the educator, must be present in order for fear to be wiped away and liberation to eventually take its place (Freire 89,90). It was that dialogical approach that made Freire’s literacy programs so successful in Brazil until “his work was interrupted by a military dictatorship” in the mid-60s and…show more content…
For children without the advantage of origin of birth, struggles throughout the formative years will affect their learning process and expectations for the future. Many immigrant children suffer the same disadvantages as children in poverty. This fact should not be ignored when considering expectations for a future college degree. Freire posits that the cycle of dehumanization can only be broken when a “radical posture” is taken by the oppressor, a posture in which the oppressor enters into the situation of the oppressed through humility (44, 48, 49). An empathetic approach to individuals is essential if we are to understand the challenges they face and have a realistic hope for future success and change. The oppressed in our society also include individuals who have suffered abuse and neglect. Hundreds of thousands of children have been placed in the foster care system due to an array of maltreatment (Child Welfare). Children who are neglected do not experience the same developmental advantages as children raised in a nurturing environment. Research has shown that neglect in the early years of life affects a child’s brain development (Hamilton). Studies have also shown that the impact of neglect may become more severe as a child grows older and eventually have lasting effects on intellectual, behavioral, social, and cognitive development (DePanfilis). Acknowledging the significance of
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