[iDC] Lessons to Be Learned From Paulo Freire as Education Is Being Taken Over by the Mega Rich

Christiane Robbins cpr at mindspring.com
Sun Dec 12 17:46:15 UTC 2010

Micha - Hi - and many thanks for adding the Giroux article et all.

Sergio, I am curious as to why you see that it is amazing to see  
Freire on this list ... someone whom I, for one, have always been in  
awe .... and to whose principles I aspire.  When I initially sent this  
article to Trebor, he immediately wanted to post this to IDC.   
Clearly, he felt its significance to IDC - who, by all indications,  
appears to be populated by those who may also be independent and point  
directions to a fair, creative and innovative society.

The brief analogies you draw between the neo-liberal, cultural and  
educational  landscapes of Brazil and the current state of the USA  
support a larger call to action.  Indeed, it has become incumbent upon  
us all to breathe new perspectives and animate new visions - education  
is but one vehicle.



On Dec 10, 2010, at 4:54 PM, micha cárdenas wrote:

> 2010/11/24 sergio basbaum <sbasbaum at gmail.com>
> Dear Trebor and IDCs,
> It is amazing to see Freire's name invoked in this list.
> Freire belongs to a great generation of Brazilian intelectuals and  
> artists, who had courage to develop very original paths of thinking,  
> and I count him with names like Celso Furtado, Darci Ribeiro, Helio  
> Oiticica, Lygia Clark and Glauber Rocha, for example -- people who  
> were very independent and pointed directions for Brazil to be a  
> fair, creative and innovative society.
> Hello all,
> Yes, thanks for this article!
> I also always mention bell hooks when discussing Freire and  
> pedagogy. Her book Teaching to Transgress discusses the importance  
> of emotion in pedagogy, including pleasure and care/affection for  
> those being taught, despite the pretense that education should be  
> cold and objective.
> Another great article by giroux which many may be already familiar  
> with is Democracy's Nemesis the Rise of the Corporate University:
> http://csc.sagepub.com/content/9/5/669.short
> I read this essay with my class on the University as a Site of  
> Politics in the spring. The students found the article very  
> illuminating and I still cite the example of the harvard sleep  
> institute regularly. Two of the projects that came out of that class  
> were
> Picture with Yudof, http://www.picturewithyudof.info
> and
> Expedited Diploma Manufacturing Services (a diploma vending machine,  
> taking privatization to its logcial conclusion)
> http://edms.tumblr.com/
> thanks,
>   micha
> -- 
> micha cárdenas
> Co-Author, Trans Desire / Affective Cyborgs, Atropos Press, http://is.gd/daO00
> Lecturer, Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego
> Lecturer, Critical Gender Studies Program, University of California,  
> San Diego
> Artist/Researcher, UCSD School of Medicine
> Artist/Theorist, bang.lab, http://bang.calit2.net
> blog: http://transreal.org
> gpg: http://is.gd/ebWx9
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