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“Human existence, because it came into being through
asking questions, is at the root of change in the world. There
is a radical element to existence, which is the radical act of
asking questions… At root human existence involves surprise,
questioning and risk. And because of all this, it involves actions
and change.”
—Paulo Freire
Learning to Question:
A Pedagogy of Liberation

 

Afer I’ve read pages 1-7 of In Praise of Shadows,  by Bell Hooks I found the connections between the written text and the quote which is the heading of it .

The author- Bell Hooks starts the the book with describing the school in Kentucky, where she went to and that she was lucky to be taught by Africans because she had he feeling ha she belongs there ( because of the way, how the teachers treaed her ) . They were influenced by W.E.B Dubois , who was American civil rights activist and who was against racism and he wanted equal rights for blacks.  According to the teachers in the segregated school, education was the surest way to freedom. The knowledge which the students at that school were gaining, helped them to understand the world and everythig better, and to feel free.

 

 

 

In contrast, the second part is description of the college , where she went to afer college, where the teachers were racists and unking ,  as this time the school wasn’ segregaed and the teachers were white. It caused the fear to ask questions by students and according to the heading to the book :  “Human existence, because it came into being through
asking questions, is at the root of change in the world. There
is a radical element to existence, which is the radical act of
asking questions… At root human existence involves surprise,
questioning and risk. And because of all this, it involves actions
and change.”  –

I think that it is very important that teachers treat all student with the same respect no matter about their gender, race, nationality. If student feels that teacher doesn’t treat them with  the right respect the student may feel scared to ask quesions and even to come to school. This is definitelly not the way which leads to freedom and to pleasure of attending to school and even learning.  Bell Hooks says that she knew that the white teachers hated  black students at that highschool. She suggests, that the teachers didn’t believe that they are fully human and that they were racially superior.

Finally she bacame a teacher and she was teaching teachers about teaching during the past years. She wanted to share the wisdom which she gained from he experience from college and higschool . She wrote a few books about teaching where she was passing her knowledge.

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