The Art and Science of How People Learn - Revised Edition
Edited By Greg S. Goodman
Section IV: Paulo Freire’s Legacies
d_ch 13 thru 24_EdPsychReader_2013 11/9/2013 3:31 PM Page 166 The passage that most influenced me comes from the Second Popular Culture Notebook that you used in your adult literacy campaign in São Tome and Príncipe. You quote “The Act of Studying,” stating: A text to be read is a text to be studied. A text to be studied is a text to be interpreted. We cannot interpret a text if we read it without paying attention, without curiosity; if we stop reading at the first difficulty.…If a text is difficult, you insist on understanding it.…To study demands discipline. To study is not easy, because to study is to create and re-create and not to repeat what others say. To study is a revolutionary duty. No single passage has more profoundly impacted how I instruct my students about the importance of study. I have posted it in my classroom, and I often reference it when students wonder why I am so demanding. I am so heavily affected by this passage because it transformed the way that I thought about studying for myself. I had never thought of study as a revolutionary act. Before reading your book, study was a means to an end. Studying was a burden, something I had to suffer through to get a degree or to access opportunities and places to which people from my family had never been invited. To a large degree, this was the promise I gave...