1st Edition

Teachers As Cultural Workers Letters to Those Who Dare Teach With New Commentary by Peter McLaren, Joe L. Kincheloe, and Shirley Steinberg Expanded Edition

By Paulo Freire Copyright 2005
    234 Pages
    by Routledge

    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    In Teachers as Cultural Workers, Freire speaks directly to teachers about the lessons learned from a lifetime of experience as an educator and social theorist. Freire's words challenge all who teach to reflect critically on the meaning of the act of teaching as well as the meaning of learning. He shows why a teacher's success depends on a permanent commitment to learning and training, as part of an ongoing appraisal of classroom practice. By opening themselves to recognition of the different roads students take in order to learn, teachers will become involved in a continual reconstruction of their own paths of curiosity, opening the doors to habits of learning that will benefit everyone in the classroom. In essays new to this edition, well-known and respected educators Peter McLaren, Joe Kincheloe, and Shirley Steinberg add their reflections on the relevance of Freire's work to the study and practice of education across the globe.

    Foreword -- Preface: A Pedagogy for Life -- Introduction -- First Words: A Pedagogical Trap -- First Letter: Reading the World/Reading the Word -- Second Letter: Don’t Let the Fear of What Is Difficult Paralyze You -- Third Letter: I Came into the Teacher Training Program Because I Had No Other Options -- Fourth Letter: On the Indispensable Qualities of Progressive Teachers for Their Better Performance -- Fifth Letter: The First Day of School -- Sixth Letter: On the Relationship Between the Educator and the Learners -- Seventh Letter: From Talking to Learners to Talking to Them and with Them; From Listening to Learners to Being Heard by Them -- Eighth Letter: Cultural Identity and Education -- Ninth Letter: Concrete Context/Theoretical Context -- Tenth Letter: Once More the Question of Discipline -- Last Words: To Know and to Grow—Everything Yet to See -- Afterword


    Freire, Paulo