1. 10

    It would be extremely naive to expect the dominant classes to develop a type of education that would enable subordinate classes to perceive social injustices critically.

    128
  2. 9

    Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.

    130
  3. 8

    Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.

    137
  4. 7

    Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students.

    144
  5. 6

    Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.

    152
  6. 5

    Dehumanization, although a concrete historical fact, is not a given destiny but the result of an unjust order that engenders violence in the oppressors, which in turn dehumanizes the oppressed

    153
  7. 4

    Because love is an act of courage, not of fear, love is a commitment to others. No matter where the oppressed are found, the act of love is commitment to their cause--the cause of liberation.

    163
  8. 3

    No one is born fully-formed: it is through self-experience in the world that we become what we are.

    171
  9. 2

    Educators need to know what happens in the world of the children with whom they work. They need to know the universe of their dreams, the language with which they skillfully defend themselves from the aggressiveness of their world, what they know independently of the school, and how they know it.

    176
  10. 1

    Learning is a process where knowledge is presented to us, then shaped through understanding, discussion and reflection.

    183
  11. Last Update: 3 August 2021

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