Posts Tagged ‘Freire’


September 26, 2015 Leave a comment

A professional approach and kindness

are the opposite of the best type of teaching.

Valuing intelligence and understanding,

you miss the point entirely.

The teacher who rules the class and directs the learning

will be plagued by obedient and respectful students.

When nothing is clear and it all seems a muddle,

materials will arrive to help you lose your way.


*My original commentary on Chapter 18 is here.

This is a critical update

December 5, 2010 5 comments

In an inspired move, Karenne sets up the critical aspect of dogme for Dogme Challenge Number 9. I don’t know if she was saving this for my 40th birthday, but if she was, allow me now to say thank you – it was the best present I could have been given. This is what most turned me on to dogme back in 2001. I’d been reading Freire and spending hours trying to decipher just exactly what he was on about. Bells were chiming everywhere (I lived in a bell tower) and purpose had been delivered unto my life. Dogme seemed to be fertile soil for my emerging plans to destroy capitalism through the teaching of English as a foreign language.

Relatively recently, Scott Thornbury became the boy who kicked a hornet’s nest when he wrote a blog entry for the British Council entitled, “Dogme: nothing if not critical.”  The article provided, as usual, a lot of food for thought. In true critical style, the question that it asked was whether or not dogme had a claim on the title of critical pedagogy. I argued that it was not.

Like Sergio Ramos, this is going to get messy. Read more…

Baker’s Dozen

December 16, 2009 9 comments

Accept disgrace willingly. Accept misfortune as the human condition. This is the Tao of Ratzinger. Life is suffering. Put up with it. Yet from these two lines, we are going to explore the revolutionary nature of taoism. Have you stripped and cleaned your AK-47? Well, come on then! Let’s go! Read more…

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