To What Extent Does Education Liberate People Within The Social Classes

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This essay will discuss to what extent does education liberate people within the social classes. It will also discuss how Paulo Freire’s theory on how education can liberate people, furthermore considering how the Amish community may fail to be liberated through education. The definition of education is ‘the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life’. Also the definition of liberation is ‘the act or fact of gaining equal rights or full social or economic opportunities for a particular group’, dictionary.co.uk (2015).

Paulo Freire a Brazilian educator discusses in his book the Pedagogy Of The Oppressed, his theory is that society is split into two groups the oppressors and the oppressed, the oppressors are the educated people such as teachers government workers etc. and the oppressed are the uneducated illiterate people of society, who are not respected, are manipulated and dictated to by the oppressors. The oppressed need to have an active role in educating themselves, which will allow them to be able to think critically and gain knowledge therefore liberating themselves from there oppression. Education also functions as a tool which is used to help combine the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring around conformity or it becomes the preparation of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically…
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