Quotes for English Learners
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Paulo Freire :
One cannot expect positive results from an educational or political action program which fails to respect the particular view of the world held by the people. Such a program constitutes cultural invasion, good intentions notwithstanding.
It doesn't mean you are neutral
Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
It must be changed
If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed.
No one is born fully-formed
No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.
The past and the future
Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future.
The practice of freedom
Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.
Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.
True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity. False charity constrains the fearful and subdued, the "rejects of life," to extend their trembling hands. True generosity lies in striving so that these hands--whether of individuals or entire peoples--need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world.
Without a sense of identity
Without a sense of identity, there can be no real struggle.