We continue our conversation with Dr. Carlos Alberto Torres, Distinguished Professor at UCLA and Founding Director of the Paulo Freire Institute. Dr. Torres speaks about Freire’s contention that communities should define the work that goes on in schools. He explains Freire’s emphasis on dialogue as integral to education. Whereas Dewey focused on children and the tools to instill democratic values and critical thinking, Freire was most interested in education as political deliberation. And, at this point, the stakes are not only democracy but sustainability of the planet.
00:45-10:21 Popular education in public schools—how to resolve contradictions
10:21-16:27 Concepts of community
16-27-26:16 Freire and Dewey
26:16-32:30 “People are not born democrats.”; global citizenship and sustainability
32:30-34:18 Sustainability in daily life
39:58-41:14 Reading recommendations
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- Listen to the first part of this interview: Global citizenship education: Building on the legacy of Paulo Freire.
- Book Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Critical Global Citizenship Education by Carlos Alberto Torres.
Soundtrack by Poddington Bear