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Friday, November 2, 2007

Importance of Youthful Thinking

I was rummaging through the campus library today, investigating random topics which popped into my head. First came Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which is the critical thinking method theorized by Paulo Freire. This man was one of the most important educators of our time. He advocated for a search for critical consciousness and revitalized the way educators would teach. His basic principle relies on the teacher not only teaching but at the same time being taught and caught in revelation by their own students. It's the constant cycle of education. Not to propose a plan for recycling knowledge, but for constructing and exvacating new ways of critical thinking.

But, besides that, I came across "A Good Book, in Theory" by Alan Sears. This book, a "guide to theoretical thinking," touched upon the foundations of critical theory as a practical living experience. Anyways, at the end of the first chapter was this reflection question:

Write a paper from your own experience that supports or challenges Terry Eagleton's argument that children make good theorists.

On that note, here is Eagleton's quote:
"Children make the best theorists, since they have not yet been educated into accepting our routine social practice as 'natural' and so insist on posting to those practices the most embarassingly general and fundamental questions, regarding them with a wondering estrangement which we adults have long forgotten."

Use this question as a discussion point the next time we meet.



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