Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968).
Freire asks us to rethink the relationships between teachers and students, but more broadly, to rethink how oppression is easily justified and unquestioned. He dismantles the common “banking model” of education (where students are seen as empty vessels for the filling from a teacher’s knowledge, and where dominant groups are seen as more knowledgeable, more worthy, and more deserving) and suggests instead that we need to further dialogue if we want to fight the status quo and humanize those who have been marginalized. Great for activist trainings, but also great for privileged folks who want to think about how to be an ally without being a colonizer.
Dr. Katie Cruger
Assistant Professor, Communication
Director, MA Professional Writing and Communication programs