Paulo Freire (1921-1997) was a Brazilian educator and philosopher best known for his influential work, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which is considered one of the foundational texts of the critical pedagogy movement. Freire believed that a social culture of silence was a cancer that needed to be cured through critical consciousness. He was a major influence on Augusto Boal as well as many pedagogical experts worldwide.
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"Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."
Source: The Politics of Education: Culture, Power, and Liberation, Greenwood Publishing Group, 1 January 1985, p. 122. (via Wikiquote)