UNCG Students Must Commit To Social Justice Part II

The following is a partial list of the required readings and viewings from Zilonka’s class:

  • “Excerpt from Pedagogy of the Oppressed” by Paulo Freire
  • “Education is Politics” by Ira Shor
  • Gloria Steinem and Bell Hooks in a conversation. (Schalin says, “Bell Hooks is a radical feminist and race theorist” who “cites Freire as an important influence”).
  • “Raising Penelope, My Transgender Son” by Jodie Patterson
  • “Recitatif” by Toni Morrison. (Schalin says this is a “short story that has nothing to do with education but is instead focused on racial privilege”).
  • “White Privilege” by Peggy McIntosh

One of the Facebook pages that students are encouraged to like is TRAP-The Real Art of Protest, which recently posted the article Anarchism Could Help Save The World.

Another Facebook page is Million Hoodies.  It states on its page that they are “building a racial justice movement committed to creating a democracy where all black and brown people have social, political, cultural, and economic freedom, and the right to be safe.”

Zilonka states in an abstract for her paper “My Accent, Myself:  Transforming Liabilities Related to Otherness into Assets” that she “is reflecting on her relationships with her privileged status back home, as well as her evolving ongoing struggles with her otherness while living, studying, and teaching in the United States.”

According to NC Act Empower, Ms. Zilonka is an Israeli who has been living in the US for the past 4.5 years.  Her BA is in Social Justice Education and Peace Studies, and she is an “activist feminist educator” focusing on “liberatory pedagogy” and “critical feminist pedagogy.”

Holistic Educator says, “Liberatory pedagogy is a pedagogy of liberation centered around the principles of social change and transformation through education based on consciousness raising engagement with oppressive forces.”

Liberatory pedagody education for liberation or ‘critical pedagogy’ is what “fosters rational thinking by demythologizing…demythisizing reality and transforming it.”

The website quotes Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” regarding this.

“An act of violence is any situation in which some men prevent others from the process of inquiry…any attempt to prevent human freedom is an ‘act of violence.’ Any system which deliberately tries to discourage critical consciousness is guilty of oppressive violence.  Any school which does not foster students’ capacity for critical inquiry is guilty of violent oppression.”

It goes on to say, “Liberatory pedagogy recognizes the politics of education,” for “education is a matter of politics, as well as pedagogy,” with a goal of “self-actualization or ‘humanization.'”

According to Gender and Education, feminist pedagogy is a way of thinking about teaching and learning,” which includes an aim for class participants (students and teachers) not just to acquire new knowledge, but for their thinking to shift in new directions.”

Image via Revital Zilonka’s Facebook Page

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