On rebelliousness and educational practise

“I have always rejected fatalism. I prefer rebelliousness because it affirms my status as a person who has never given in to the manipulations and strategies designed to reduce the human person to nothing. The recently proclaimed death of history, which symbolizes the death of utopia, of our right to dream, reinforces without doubt the claims that imprison our freedom. This makes the struggle for the restoration of utopia all the more necessary. Educational practise itself, as an experience in humanization, must be impregnated with this ideal.”

Paulo Freire (1998) in Pedagogy of Freedom

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