For teachers who want to incorporate critical pedagogy and social justice into their curriculum, but worry about meeting Common Core standards, this article will be instructive. A language arts and a history teacher at a California high school teamed up to develop a social justice history class that would meet Common Core requirements.
A Is For Activist, The Story of Ruby Bridges, and Grandfather Gandhi are a few of the _x0007_titles from this list of social justice-themed children's books. The list of books would be appropriate for elementary schoolers.
A thorough and excellent online workshop gives detailed explanations for why and how to apply Paulo Freire's concept of critical pedagogy to the high school language arts class. Lesson plans are included, and the video of a Brooklyn high school teacher and her students is a great example of helping students apply political insights to literature.
Henry Giroux and other prominent scholars discuss how important and transformative Paulo Freire's ideas have been to their teaching careers. If you want to know why he mattered so much, watching this documentary will you give you some idea of the impact his work had on so many people concerned with teaching and social justice.
This list of favorite quotes from Paulo Freire's influential Pedagogy of the Oppressed is exactly that: a list of quotes from the book that you can “like.” My favorite from this list is “For apart from inquiry, apart from the Praxis, individuals cannot be truly human."
Watching this video interview with Paulo Freire from 2009 will help you appreciate the absolute conviction and dedication of the man to his ideas. He discusses language, power, literacy, and how he developed a "critical understanding of education."