Addressing Social and Ecological Degradation through Education
Chapter 7. Pedagogy of Identity
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PEDAGOGY OF IDENTITY
Native students confined to learn only in Eurocentric systems have poor success rates. The experience can be described as “looking into a mirror and having the mirror look away.” (von Thater-Braan & Nelson, 2012)
Once we’ve fed our students, we need to know them (to the extent that it is possible to know someone else and their experience) and help them to know themselves and each other. Because to know oneself is to know how one fits into the world, and to become critically conscious of the world. After this, attainment far beyond academic and economic success is inevitable and the practice of teaching is inconsequential because students will be mentally and physically prepared to learn and become open to education in all facets of life.
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