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be the change

teacher, activist, global citizen


Edited By Rita Verma

This book examines the ways young people engage in action, dialogue, and activism, and how they become global citizens. The essays in the book illustrate how young people with deep convictions on how to change the world make a difference in their communities. The community becomes the classroom, and their activism the true lesson. Possible «utopias» are realized with every effort to engage in activism, to be an advocate for both oneself and others, and with each critical engagement with oppression. These young activists are the unsung heroes and theirs are the victories in current educational debates. Moving away from theoretical debates on multicultural and progressive education, this book illustrates how youth action, curriculum strategies and creative writing, service learning projects, advocacy work at community-based and grassroots organizations, and global initiatives can result in real-life victories.


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Conclusion. On Possible Utopias and beyond - Rita Verma 327


Conclusion On Possible Utopias and Beyond Rita Verma Too often the reality around us can seem a dystopia—dystopia being defined as an imaginary place, situated in a particular time or space, that is socially, morally, and politically terrible; a state in which people are dehumanized, op- pressed, terrorized, or completely dominated. On the other hand, we dream of utopia, defined as an imaginary place, situated in a particular time and space, that is socially, morally, and politically ideal. Can this utopia be realized and affirmed with one’s engagement with conscientization, revolutionary practice, and solidarity with victims? This utopian project of Paulo Freire addresses the need for a fundamental faith in human dialogue and community. Freire argues that authentic revolu- tionary praxis is utopian in nature, which means that it is harmonious, reflec- tive, dynamic, reflective, and dialogical There ought to be a difference in the praxis of the right and of revolutionary groups that defines them to the people, making the options of each group explicit. This difference between the two groups stems from the utopian nature of the revolutionary groups, and the impossibility of the right to be utopian.… A true revolutionary project, on the other hand, to which the utopian dimension is natural, is a process in which the people assume the role of subject in the precarious adventure of transforming and recreating the world.… Revolutionary utopia tends to be dynamic rather than static; tends to life rather than death; to the future as a challenge to...

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