Empowering Education: Freire, Cynicism, and a Pedagogy of Action

  • Richard Van Heertum
Part of the Marxism and Education book series (MAED)


If asked to describe Freire’s work, some might invoke dialogue, praxis oppression, or possibly conscienization partly because Freire recognized that hope was at the very essence of human existence, the thing that kept the downtrodden waking up in the morning, the oppressed working, and the revolutionaries fighting against seemingly impossible odds. Indeed, hope may be as dangerous as knowledge to the power elites. What Freire recognized and struggled for his whole life was the belief that knowledge and hope could be brought together in a project of individual and collective emancipation from the sources of oppression and exploitation and toward a more just and equitable world.


Civic Engagement Civic Education Public Intellectual Kaiser Family Foundation Standpoint Theory 
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