Dimensions of Totality

A quote from Pedagogy of the Oppressed on the need for viewing communities as embedded within a greater whole, rather than as isolated components–which is something I advocate for in my posts on viewing public schools as ecosystems.

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One of the characteristics of oppressive cultural action which is almost never perceived by the dedicated but naive professionals who are involved is the emphasis on a focalized view of problems rather than on seeing them as dimensions of a totality. In “community development” projects the more a region or area is broken down into “local communities,” without the study of these communities as totalities in themselves and as parts of another totality . . . the more alienation is intensified.

–Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Author: manderson

I live in NYC.

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