One of the most influential educational philosophers of our times, Paulo Freire contributed to a revolutionary understanding of education as an empowering and democratizing force in the lives of the disenfranchised. In this deeply personal introduction to the man and his ideas, Antonia Darder reflects on how Freire's work has illuminated her own life practices and thinking as an educator and activist. Including both personal memories and a never-before published, powerful dialogue with Freire himself, Darder offers a unique "analysis of solidarity," in mind and spirit. A heartfelt look at the ways Freire can still inspire a critically intellectual and socially democratic life, this book is certain to open up his theories in entirely new ways, both to those already familiar with his work and those coming to him for the first time.
Antonia Darder is Professor Emerita of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University.
Series Editor Introduction Author's Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Liberation: Our Historical Task Chapter 2 Pedagogy of Love: Embodying Our Humanity Chapter 3 Conscientizacao: Awakening Critical Consciousness Chapter 4 Problematizing Diversity: A Dialogue with Paulo Freire Epilogue Our Struggle Continues Bibliography Index