Paulo Friere, Pedagogy for the Oppressed

Category : Education, Race

A careful analysis of the teacher-student relationship at any level, inside or outside the school, reveals its fundamentally narrative character. This relationship involves a narrating Subject (the teacher) and patient, listening objects (the students). The contents, whether values or empirical dimensions of reality, tend in the process of being narrated to become lifeless and petrified. Education is suffering from narration sickness.

Source: (NY: Continuum, 2003, trans. Myra Bergamn Ramos): ch. 2

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