When you were an elementary, middle, or high school student — did you ever analyze the role of your instructor? Did you ever question their words or their methods? Did you ever notice the passivity of peers? Did any of your teachers engage your mind enough for you to actually question the educational process being applied in your class?
“If you would just stand up and teach them instead of handing them a freakin’ packet, yo — there’s kids in here that don’t learn like that. They need to learn face-to-face.”Jeff Bliss
Regardless of your answer to these questions, I would say that Jeff Bliss gave an example of critical pedagogy — he, as a student, was able to see the social construct and context of the teacher’s role in the classroom.
In other words, Ira Shor’s definition of critical pedagogy looks like it would apply to this young man’s response to his teacher. Ira’s definition is as follows:
Habits of thought, reading, writing, and speaking which go beneath surface meaning, first impressions, dominant myths, official pronouncements, traditional clichés, received wisdom, and mere opinions, to understand the deep meaning, root causes, social context, ideology, and personal consequences of any action, event, object, process, organization, experience, text, subject matter, policy, mass media, or discourse.Empowering Education, 129
Would students hearts be touched in such a way (to actively engage in their learning) if teachers were to give students a space in which to voice their constructive criticism?