The Global Legacy
Chapter One: Reflections on Paulo Freire, Critical Pedagogy, and the Current Crisis of Capitalism
Reflections on Paulo Freire, Critical Pedagogy, and the Current Crisis of Capitalism
It surely is the case that the age in which we inhabit so precariously demands manifestos, not desiderata or credos. Unless, of course, those creeds can become manifest as a rallying cry, a canticle for the undead slaves toiling in capitalism’s grim hostelry, forceful enough to be heard beyond the sepulchers and catacombs where schooling, as a proprietary field entombed by its own unforgiving success, has been consigned for all eternity for desecrating the very heart of what it means to live and to learn. It is my wager that words can howl and on this brittle quiver of hope I set mine into print.
I am in sympathy with many of the youth of today, whose full-throated screams meet the immemorial silence of the pedagogical tradition—an ear-shattering silence that compelled me as a youngster, in baggy denims stained with grease and oil and sporting a jaunty oversized newsboy cap, to keep my eyes squarely focused ahead and my hands folded together on top of my desk as neat as a crisply starched handkerchief. My experiences of those times are housed in the cold chambers of memory. The earliest recollections I have of being schooled are felt in the sockets and joints of monumental time and while they do not bear the fleshiness of a living presence, they seem much more real. As one of...