Tag Archives: Freire

Too Strong to Submit, Too Weak to Prevail

The Challenge of Supporting Ukraine in a Time of Crisis

If, in some ways, the strength of Ukraine is made perfect in its weakness, then how can it prevail against the Russian imperialist leviathan? With support from another imperialist mega-state, the United States, of course. But does such support justify the position of the campist left who might offer a limp, eye-wink condemnation of Russia’s […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Too Strong to Submit, Too Weak to Prevail: The Challenge of Supporting Ukraine in a Time of Crisis. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/too-strong-to-submit-too-weak-to-prevail/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

Critical Pedagogy and the Future

Overcoming Fascism’s God Complex and the Attack on Reason

Columns by David Badash and Tom Boggioni were published recently in RawStory. One was about Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, and the other about the Arizona Republican Party’s nominee for governor, Kari Lake. Both were frightening. Yes, frightening in the sense that they reveal the extent to which Christian nationalism has poisoned America’s bloodstream. I’ve […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Critical Pedagogy and the Future: Overcoming Fascism’s God Complex and the Attack on Reason. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/critical-pedagogy-and-the-future/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

Averting One’s Eyes

The War in Ukraine and the Politics of Remembrance

I have argued in The War in Ukraine and America that a negotiated peace between Russia and Ukraine would be welcome. And that the US should not attempt to prolong the war in the service of its own geopolitical interests since the war is, among being a noble struggle by Ukraine to win its sovereignty […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Averting One’s Eyes: The War in Ukraine and the Politics of Remembrance. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/averting-ones-eyes/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

Saint Oscar Romero, Paulo Freire and Liberation Theology

Smithing a Sword Against MAGA Darkness

Critical pedagogy is the bloomery in which educational swords are forged against injustice. This fire pit or furnace located in the smithy is ignited by the faithful, powering the cementation process that results in the blade. Oscar Romero, Paulo Freire and other important educational workers operate the bellows, and liberation theology delineates the battlegrounds where […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). Saint Oscar Romero, Paulo Freire and Liberation Theology: Smithing a Sword Against MAGA Darkness. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/saint-oscar-romero-paulo-freire-and-liberation-theology/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

The War in Ukraine, a Shattered Trust

Liberation Theology and the Struggle for Justice

Peter McLaren and Ernesto Cardenal (Caracas Venezuela, c. 2005) We can acknowledge the wariness sown in the Russian state after NATO’s dangerous incursion into Eastern Europe and the Baltics since 1991, in clear violation of a commitment given to Russia’s leaders as the Soviet Union was crumbling into a dark vortex of disassembly. This incursion […]

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McLaren, P. (2022). The War in Ukraine, a Shattered Trust: Liberation Theology and the Struggle for Justice. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-war-in-ukraine-a-shattered-trust/

Peter McLaren

Peter McLaren is Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies, Co-Director and International Ambassador for Global Ethics and Social Justice, The Paulo Freire Democratic Project, Attallah College of Educational Studies, Chapman University, USA.

The psychedelic renaissance and education

The ‘psychedelic renaissance,’ so-called because of the renewed psychiatric interest in these mind-altering substances, is about to explode. Billions of investment dollars are flowing into the corporations that hope to develop novel therapies and medications based on psychedelics. Multiple clinical trials are exploring the efficacy of psilocybin, the active constituent of magic mushrooms, in relieving […]

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Douglas, S. (2022). The psychedelic renaissance and education. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/ideas/the-psychedelic-renaissance-and-education/
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Samuel Douglas

Samuel Douglas is a casual academic at the University of Newcastle and, over the past 15 years, has taught professional ethics in a range of degree programs there. As well as his academic role, Samuel volunteers as President of the Australian Psychedelic Society, a charity that supports psychedelic research, education and advocacy for the benefit of the community.
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Paulo Freire: For a Pedagogy of the Wrath of the Oppressed

Who are the “oppressed” in Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed? All over the world, these are the damned of the earth; those colonized from overseas lands; those battered, raped or feminized women; those proletarians exploited, disqualified or invalidated; these populations bombarded, starved and driven out; those discriminated, marginalized or excluded people; those children unloved, […]

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Thésée, G. (2021). Paulo Freire: For a Pedagogy of the Wrath of the Oppressed. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/paulo-freire-for-a-pedagogy-of-the-wrath-of-the-oppressed/

Gina Thésée

Gina Thesee (thesee.gina@uqam.ca)is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, University of Quebec à Montreal (UQAM), and is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Global Citizenship and Transformative Education. She is interested in the socio-educational contexts related mainly to colonization, culture, ethnicity, gender and race. Her theoretical framework for transformative and emancipatory education is rooted in critical perspectives, and borrows from diverse critical currents, such as anti-colonialism, antiracism, democracy, environmentalism, feminism, indigeneity or transculturalism.

The Humility of Paulo Freire

I encountered Paulo Freire’s work in 1990 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. I read the Pedagogy of the Oppressed in a course that compared Freire’s work with that of Gandhi, Cabral, Nyerere and Guevara, a wonderful mélange of thoughts and thinkers who sought to provide counter-hegemonic visions […]

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Carr, P. R. (2021). The Humility of Paulo Freire. PESA Agora. https://pesaagora.com/columns/the-humility-of-paulo-freire/

Paul R. Carr

Paul R. Carr is a Full Professor in the Department of Education at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada, and is also the Chair-holder of the UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Global Citizenship and Transformative Education (DCMÉT). His research focuses on political sociology, with specific threads related to democracy, global citizenship, the environment, intercultural relations, and transformative change in education.

Ecopedagogy

Ecopedagogy is critical, transformative education for praxis that aims at ending socio-environmental injustices and the human dominance of Nature, countering teaching that separates social and environmental violence, and distances us, as humans, from the rest of nature. Plural in definition, I argue, with others, the concept of ecopedagogies emerged from Paulo Freire’s work on popular […]

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Misiaszek, G. (2020). Ecopedagogy. PESA Agora. Retrieved from https://pesaagora.com/ideas/ecopedagogy/
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Greg Misiaszek

Greg W. Misiaszek is an Assistant Professor of educational theories at Beijing Normal University (BNU) and Associate Director of the Paulo Freire Institute, UCLA.