The unfolding of Paulo Freire's philosophy, uniqueness, and the lens through which he viewed the world, which ultimately brought this gentle spirit of a man onto the world stage, began at a young age in his hometown of Recife, Brazil. Remarkably grounded in the wisdom of humility, yet gifted with a determined strength, deep insight, and perceptive intelligence, Freire not only believed in the human spirit, goodness, and the fostering of a more hopeful world, but was also profoundly committed to challenging individuals and political, educational, and religious structures that perpetuated the status quo. To that same end, this book recounts the life and thought of a remarkable man who appeared at a critical point in history, and whose courageous, prophetic voice of conscience remains extraordinarily relevant.
James D. Kirylo is Associate Professor of education in the College of Education and Human Development at Southeastern Louisiana University. He has taught at the University of South Alabama, Universidad Evangelica del Paraguay, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and for many years at the elementary school level; he is the recipient of several teaching awards. His research interests are in the areas of teacher leadership, curriculum development, literacy, and critical pedagogy. He has published works in several journals, and is the author of Teaching, Learning, and Reflecting: Essays on Education (2004) and co-editor of Curriculum Development: Perspectives from Around the World (2010).