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Letters to Cristina : reflections on my life and work / Paulo Freire; trad. Donaldo Macedo, Quilda Macedo, Alexandre Oliveira

Main Author Freire, Paulo, 1921-1997 Secondary Author Macedo, Donaldo, 1950
Macedo, Quilda
Oliveira, Alexandre
Country Estados Unidos. Publication New York : Routledge, 1996 Description [4], 259 p. ; 23 cm ISBN 0-415-91097-8 CDU 371.48 FREIRE 929(81) FREIRE
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Paulo Freire is regarded by many as the most significant educational thinker of the twentieth century. This volume offers Freire's own intimate retrospection of his life and work. These reflections, dedicated to his niece Cristina, provide a backdrop for a deeper understanding of how his experiences are linked to his philosophical and pedagogical work.

Tit. Orig.: Cartas a Cristina

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Publishers Weekly Review

Author of the seminal Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Freire further defines his philosophy of education and politics in 18 letters to his niece, Cristina. With Pedagogy now in a newly revised 20th anniversary edition, Freire looks back from his home in Brazil upon a life interrupted by 20 years of exile after the coup d'état in 1964. He still insists on the right of the poor and illiterate to an education that will enable them "to be"‘to become everything it is within their potential to be. Not a formally organized book, nor a series of essays, Letters to Cristina is necessarily discursive and sometimes repetitive as Freire stresses the themes that comprise his life's work. As relevant for Americans as it is for Brazilians, Freire's new work attacks a continuing pedagogy that would have students merely rely on memorization of facts instead of developing the critical-thinking skills necessary for becoming fully invested citizens, thus turning them into workers who will support the dominant affluent class. As a school administrator, Freire built a school community culture in which students, parents, teachers, administrators, custodians and other workers formed a close-knit family‘one in which it is hard to imagine any role for "privatization" experts. Parents in developed nations may check the methodologies in their own schools to ascertain that students are as actively involved as Freire's student/teacher in their own learning. Although Freire's pedagogical terminology can sometimes be daunting, Letters to Cristina is an important read for educators and parents. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Booklist Review

Freire is well known for his literacy work in Latin American and Africa and for his classic Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1993 ed.). His work is essential reading for literacy activists and for citizens (scholars and teachers included) committed to the values of education. With Letters, Freire frames his autobiography, as it were, in the form of epistles to his niece. He looks back on his childhood and youth, his life as an intellectual, his long exile from Brazil, and the educational and political minefield as we come to the end of the century. The letters on his childhood and youth are particularly inspiring. Other works by Freire include The Politics of Education (1984), Literacy: Reading the Word and the World (1987), and Pedagogy of the City (1993). (Reviewed November 15, 1996)041591096XBonnie Smothers

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Paulo Freire is one of the most widely read educational philosophers and practitioners in the world today, except in the United States, where he remains relatively unknown to many in the educational community as well as the general public. Freire received international acclaim and notoriety with his first and best-known work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, first published in English in 1970. His teachings draw much of their inspiration from a Marxist critique of society; for this reason he was forced into exile from his native Brazil in 1964, and his works were banned in many developing nations. His pedagogy for adult literacy has been implemented successfully in several African nations and has been the basis for literacy crusades in Nicaragua and other Latin American countries. His philosophical approach to education forms the basis for much of the critical theory work in education now taking place in the United States, Europe, and developing nations.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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