Education-as-Commodity vs. Education-as-Social Justice: a brief Freirean analysis of the Academy Today

The future students … should share the paradigm of education-as-social justice.  The act of educating oneself … as an integral, organic activity of a society that seeks only the well-being of human beings everywhere. Concordantly, life in this entity will resemble a commune, as the organic nature of education-as-social justice suggests that not only will this community be different from the capitalist world in initially resides within, but it will also uphold a pointedly non-individualist paradigm (as it currently exists), one that places value not on the individual’s career, but on the health of the community.

… this new student will exist as the prototypical revolutionary citizen: one whose self-worth, satisfaction, and ‘success,’ rests not on her career, but in the vibrancy and health of her community and in her role in assuring that it is so.  Her “job” is to love the world, and in so doing, to name the new reality.  This student and her new school will indeed “throw this (the capitalist status quo) reality into question,” and ultimately “destabilize its dominant assumptions,” including the myth that education is itself a commodity.

Part I –   Part II –   Part III –   Part IV


About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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